ST. PETERSBURG — Buyer and seller had made this deal many times before, according to St. Petersburg police. Jonathan Dean Pollard brought the drugs. Devon Christopher Omasta brought the cash. They had been at it for months, police said.
But something went wrong during Tuesday night's transaction, when police said Pollard shot and fatally wounded Omasta around 10:22 p.m. at the Peppertree Village Condos, 876 116th Ave. N.
Omasta was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his upper body. The 25-year-old was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. in what police called a drug deal gone awry.
By Wednesday afternoon, undercover detectives tracked down Pollard at his home and took him into custody without incident.
Pollard, 26, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder.
St. Petersburg Maj. Mike Kovacsev said his detectives are still piecing together what happened that night but believe that Pollard may have become alarmed during his last deal with Omasta.
Omasta had arrived with three friends and approached Pollard's sport utility vehicle with a pistol stuck in his waistband, police said. So then Pollard pulled out a revolver, shot Omasta in the upper body and drove off, according to police.
Witnesses said the two men didn't even speak to each other before the shooting.
But Pollard left behind the gun, which police said they found.
Both suspect and victim have criminal records. Omasta of 6520 15th St. N was first arrested at age 14 for burglary, records show.
He was also repeatedly arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon, aggravated battery, driving under the influence, grand theft, larceny, and possession and sale of morphine, according to state records.
Pollard of 8522 10th St. N was repeatedly arrested on charges of sale and possession of drugs from 2005 to 2007, records show.