Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Public safety

Police: Largo resident was shot after letting man 'down on his luck' move in

LARGO — A man who took in another man who was "down on his luck" was shot by his new roommate early Tuesday morning, Largo police said.

Tommy E. Zent, 42, of 820 Rosery Road NW, was shot once in his left thigh, police said. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and is expected to recover.

Police said Zent was shot by 42-year-old Jeremy Seth Kugler after an argument between the two at the Rosery Road home about 3:20 a.m.

Zent and his fiancee, who was not identified, had allowed Kugler to move into the home because he was having financial problems and needed a place to stay, police said.

A preliminary investigation showed the argument was at least in part over money and the fact that the couple wanted Kugler to move out, said Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux.

"They had opened their doors for him to let him stay there and whatever happened last night over money and whatever else, they said 'Okay, it's time to go,' " Loux said.

Kugler drove away from the shooting scene and Largo police issued an alert to local law enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for him.

At 5:20 a.m., two hours after the shooting, Clearwater police found Kugler sleeping in the back seat of his car in the parking lot of the Traveler's Motel at 408 E Shore Drive on Clearwater Beach.

The gun thought to be used in the wounding was found in the car, Loux said.

Loux said Kugler complained of an injury and was taken to Largo Medical Center to be checked before his transport to the Pinellas County Jail.

Kugler charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, police said. He was held Tuesday in lieu of $155,000 bail.

Jail records list Kugler's address as 4454 Neptune Drive in Hernando Beach.

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