CLEARWATER — A felon accused of selling cocaine to an undercover detective tried to arm himself with a handgun concealed in his pocket Thursday evening as police moved in to arrest him, authorities said.
Once arrested, police determined he was the person they sought in connection with a shooting at a convenience store last Saturday in which no one was injured, arrest reports show.
Timothy Renord Fergerson, 19, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, sale and possession of cocaine, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, carrying a concealed firearm, resisting an officer with violence, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and criminal mischief.
On Friday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $135,500.
According to arrest reports, Fergerson sold crack cocaine to a Clearwater police undercover detective around 6:30 p.m. Patrol officers responded as backup to the location at 1391 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. At that point, Fergerson "made furtive movements" and kept putting his hand into his right pocket, arrest reports show.
Police struggled with Fergerson, who refused to comply until one officer threatened to deploy his Taser. Once Fergerson was restrained, police found a loaded Raven .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun in his pocket.
The gun had five rounds in it, including one in the chamber.
"You have a suspect who's armed. He wasn't listening to the officer's commands. He attempts to arm himself with a weapon," said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts. "Fortunately, our officers acted quickly before the suspect could do any harm."
The incident comes on the heels of the shooting deaths of three St. Petersburg police officers this year.
Police also charged him in connection with a shooting at the Stop and Shop Convenience Store at 1495 S Martin Luther King Ave. at 6 p.m. Saturday.
According to reports, Fergerson shot at two men after an argument at the store. No one was injured, police said.
Police showed Fergerson pictures of surveillance video footage at the store and he admitted he was the person in the images, arrest reports show.
Fergerson, of 2233 Richter St. in Dunedin, was released from state prison in July after serving 15 months for felonious possession of a firearm and sale and possession of cocaine.