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St. Petersburg man accused of trying to shoot girlfriend in head during argument

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a man they say tried to shoot his girlfriend in the head twice after they argued about him being with another woman.

Lonnie Coleman Jr., 50, faces several charges, including attempted first-degree murder.

Authorities said Coleman's girlfriend, Melissa Roberson, 41, of St. Petersburg, stopped by his home at 4500 Third Ave. S shortly after midnight Wednesday.

She found Coleman with another woman, police said, and the two argued. During the dispute, Coleman took out a .38 caliber Derringer and shot at Roberson's head, said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Roberson was not hit. Police said Coleman then grabbed her by the neck and put the gun directly to her head.

"He said he was going to kill her," Puetz said.

Roberson raised her arm and knocked Coleman's hand away. A bullet from Coleman's gun hit the ceiling, police said.

His girlfriend ran to the home of a nearby relative, who called police.

A brief standoff ensued when officers arrived at the scene, Puetz said. Coleman came to the door but refused to show his hands.

"At that point they didn't take any chances," Puetz said. "They Tasered him."

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Coleman also was arrested on charges of resisting without violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday without bail.

St. Petersburg man accused of trying to shoot girlfriend in head during argument 08/09/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 9, 2012 9:45pm]
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