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Sheriff's Office identifies suspect wanted for shooting at Pasco deputy

DADE CITY — The Pasco Sheriff's Office has identified the man who shot at a deputy Monday night as Theofohilus Himber Burns, 33. They are seeking the public's help in identifying his whereabouts.

Deputy Steven Napoleon was responding about 10:30 p.m. Monday to shots fired at the Dade Oaks Apartments at Acorn Loop and 14th Street when a man pointed a handgun at him. Napoleon, 37, took cover in his car as the gunman fired at least one shot at him. The deputy was not injured.

The deputy drove after the gunman as he ran away, and other officers searched the area, but they did not find him.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay announced a $1,000 reward Tuesday for tips leading to the shooter. The Pasco Sheriff's Office identified the man Wednesday as Burns.

Burns' criminal record includes a 1994 conviction for manslaughter. He was 18 when he shot and killed Curtis Earl, 23, on the streets of Dade City. Earl also had a gun and Burns told deputies he was defending himself.

Burns was released from prison in 1998.

He is described as a black man, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds. Deputies say he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who has information about his whereabouts should contact law enforcement.

People may call the Pasco Sheriff's Office Crime Tips Line toll-free at 1-800-706-2488, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

Sheriff's Office identifies suspect wanted for shooting at Pasco deputy 06/24/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:23pm]

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