Friday, June 22, 2018
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St. Petersburg man shot at girlfriend, police say, but both end up in jail

ST. PETERSBURG — A 24-year-old man fired gunshots at his girlfriend on Emerson Avenue S and 31st Street S on Wednesday afternoon, according to St. Petersburg police. But in an odd turn of events, police arrested both the boyfriend and girlfriend.

Two witnesses told police they saw Jerrad Green, 24, point a black semiautomatic handgun at his girlfriend Taleria Johnson's head. Green fired the gun three or four times in the 18-year-old woman's direction, police said, apparently without striking or injuring her.

When two St. Petersburg police officers arrived at 2:46 p.m. to arrest him, according to the agency, Green struck one officer in the hand and elbowed the other near his right eye before being subdued.

But then Johnson jumped into the fray, too, according to police. She grabbed and pulled at one officer's back and shirt in an attempt to prevent the officer from arresting Green, police said. When officers tried to arrest her, they said she folded her arms, tensed up and refused to allow them to place her in handcuffs. She was eventually taken into custody.

Green was convicted of resisting an officer with violence, a felony, in October, police said. He was charged Wednesday with felony possession of a firearm and assault. Johnson was charged with obstruction, a misdemeanor.

Both boyfriend and girlfriend were charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony, and both were being held in the Pinellas County jail on Thursday. Green was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail, and Johnson's bail was $2,150.

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