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St. Petersburg police charge robbery suspect who was shot with his own gun

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have identified the man they say was shot with his own gun while trying to rob a woman at an automated teller machine Friday night.

Almedin Muratovic, 25, of 970 85th Ave. N, Apt. 109, St. Petersburg, has been charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery in connection with the incident at the Regions Bank ATM at 8250 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.

Police were alerted about 9:10 p.m. that two men were struggling over a gun near the ATM. When officers arrived, they found Muratovic on the ground with a bullet wound. They also found a handgun.

Police said Anthony Hall, 29, of St. Petersburg, saw his girlfriend, Cristina Hopkins, 25, of Thonotosassa, being robbed by Muratovic and intervened.

"The boyfriend struggled with the suspect over the gun, which eventually discharged, wounding the suspect in the upper body," said police spokesman Mike Puetz. Hall took the gun, threw it on the ground and waited for police to arrive.

Muratovic was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, police said. He was listed in serious condition, but is expected to survive. Muratovic also has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The gun was a .22 caliber, police said. They also said Muratovic has prior arrests on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, fleeing and eluding, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest without violence and possession of a controlled substance.

St. Petersburg police charge robbery suspect who was shot with his own gun 08/06/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 9:14pm]
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