Sunday, February 25, 2018
Public safety

St. Pete police suspect second brother in man's fatal shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Someone broke into his home and stole the spare keys to his car. Predicting that they might return, the husband, father and ex-military man waited in his car the next night.

Floyd Lassiter had augured correctly. Someone did return for the car and after a fight, the 53-year-old lay on the sidewalk, shot several times in the chest.

Days later police arrested Shirune Dometrius Green, 19, and charged him with first-degree murder. But a recent search warrant details another suspect as the triggerman.

St. Petersburg police issued a warrant to obtain DNA from Gregory Green, 16, Shirune's younger brother, who is in jail on unrelated charges. Police hope to put the boy and his older brother at the crime scene with the help of their Adidas shoes.

A man driving near Lassiter's home at 1837 25th St. S heard gunshots and drove toward the sound about 1:20 a.m. May 10. Arthur Summerlin said he saw Lassiter wrestling with one man on the driveway, while another person stood nearby, waiting to jump into the fight, according to the warrant.

Summerlin flashed his lights and honked his horn.

The two suspects ran down the street.

Before Lassiter died, an officer asked who shot him, and though he was in pain, he managed to say, "Them boys," according to the warrant.

Detectives found a red lanyard, a black visor, a shoe insert and a black, Adidas size 9 shoe left behind.

The next morning, after Lassiter died, his daughter received a text from a friend. His daughter knew Shirune Green, and the text was from his younger sister. It said that "Meechie," as Shirune is sometimes called, had been shot.

Soon after the shooting, someone wanting to remain anonymous called police with information. The tipster said that Shirune went to school with Lassiter's daughter, and that he and his younger brother tried to steal the car, according to the warrant. When Lassiter fought back, the tipster said, Gregory Green shot Lassiter multiple times in the chest, and also accidently hit his brother in the arm, the warrant states.

Police said they believed the tipster because information about where Lassiter had been shot was not released to the public.

The tipster told police where to find both suspects, and Shirune was later arrested on the third floor of the Pinellas Point Apartments, hiding under a pile of laundry.

Gregory was arrested at his mother's house on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm. Police said those charges are not related to the Lassiter case.

Police searched the Greens' home and found blood spots on a pair of black Adidas that belonged to Gregory that were missing a sole insert, just like the one found at the scene, the warrant states. And in a nearby garbage they found an size 9 Adidas shoebox, the same size and style as the shoe left behind at the crime scene, which they believe belonged to Shirune.

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