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St. Petersburg man accused of shooting at officer who responded to nearby call

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man they said shot at officers who were responding to a call Wednesday night, striking a car passing through the area in the process.

Authorities charged Jeffrey Mayneard Casteel, 28, with several crimes, including aggravated assault, threatening a public servant, throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police gave this account:

At about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, police went to a BP gas station at Fifth Avenue and 28th Street S after someone called 911 and said an officer was needed.

An officer saw someone standing outside the station and asked them what was wrong, police said. Before he could finish his inquiry, he heard three gunshots.

He looked and saw a man, identified later as Casteel, pointing a gun at him from Fourth Avenue and 28th Street S. Casteel, police said, fired three more times.

A Toyota drove by and was hit by two bullets, missing a 7-year-old child in side, police said.

Officers gave chase and found Casteel a short time later. Afterward, Casteel threatened he would find the officers who arrested him after he got out of jail and "make them pay," according to an arrest affidavit.

Casteel was in the Pinellas County Jail without bail Thursday.

St. Petersburg man accused of shooting at officer who responded to nearby call 05/02/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:46pm]
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