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Scrap yard fight leads to arrest

TAMPA — An officer investigating an unexplained death near a scrap yard Monday almost found himself explaining another one before he disrupted an encounter between a truck driver and a man armed with a loaded shotgun, police said.

Police said the incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. near a scrap yard located at 4315 Alva St., where Tampa police Officer David Weaver-Rogers was investigating an unrelated death. According to a Tampa police incident log, here's what happened:

Truck driver Keith Cogdell was parked in his semitrailer truck. Amilcar Medina, 28, pulled up in a van behind Cogdell's truck, hoping to grab some scrap metal.

Cogdell asked Medina to move the van so he could leave. Instead, Medina pulled a box cutter.

Bystander Evans Brouette attempted to interfere and also was threatened with the blade before summoning the nearby officer to the scene.

Medina reached into his vehicle, grabbed a hand-held pump shotgun and cocked it. Weavers-Rogers drew his gun, too, and ordered Medina to drop his weapon. The officer held him at gunpoint until backup arrived.

Once arrested, Medina, who records show has previous arrests for robbery and was acquitted of an attempted murder charge, told detectives he wasn't going back to jail, then began bashing his face into a window and cage isolating the back seat of the police cruiser.

Jail records show Medina was charged with obstructing or opposing an officer without violence, battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony aggravated assault with a firearm. He remains at the Orient Road Jail. Bail was set at $12,500.

Casey Cora can be reached at (813) 226-3386 or at ccora@sptimes.com.

Scrap yard fight leads to arrest 04/16/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 3:48pm]
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