Friday, January 19, 2018
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St. Pete man arrested after victim in bar brawl dies

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities have arrested a man they say is responsible for the death of a man shot during a brawl at a nightclub last week.

Homicide detectives and deputies from the U.S. Marshals took custody of Artez Hooker, 31, of 1733 Sixth St. S, at about 3 p.m. Monday in the 5500 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

Police spokesman Mike Puetz said detectives spotted Hooker leaving an attorney's office.

"We got the impression he was not planning to turn himself in," Puetz said.

Hooker was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder.

Police said early on June 16, Hooker got into a dispute with Doncaro Keion Small at the Hollywood Nites Club at 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King St. S.

Police were called to the club at about 1 a.m. for a fight involving 20 to 30 people. But not many people were cooperating.

Meanwhile, Small, 32, showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his torso. He had surgery and officials initially did not think his injuries were life-threatening.

But on Saturday morning, Small died.

Puetz said in interviews with detectives Monday, Hooker admitted he was involved in the brawl and had a gun that night, but denied shooting Small.

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