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St. Petersburg police investigate possible murder-suicide

ST. PETERSBURG — A man with a history of anger problems shot and killed his 22-year-old former girlfriend before turning the gun on himself Saturday, according to police.

Leon Cranston, 26, of 10901 Brighton Bay Blvd. NE, killed Megan E. Sullivan of Clearwater after a dispute at his apartment. Cranston and Sullivan were both shot in the upper torso, according to police.

Police were not sure exactly when the shooting happened, but neighbors said they heard shots around 1 p.m. Saturday.

One neighbor had seen Cranston acting strangely about 12:30 p.m., according to police.

Many questions about the case remain unanswered as police continued to investigate. Police did not say Sunday what they believe to be a motive.

Cranston and Sullivan had lived together at the Brighton Bay Boulevard apartment. On May 3, police said, Sullivan's father helped her move out.

Her parents told police they knew Cranston had anger issues, but it was unclear if that was the reason she moved out. Her parents said he would throw things sometimes, according to police.

Her parents said Sullivan had never been physically abused and that she didn't think Cranston would hurt her, police said.

There were no restraining orders involving either of the two in Pinellas County, according to court records. Neither Cranston nor Sullivan had ever been arrested in the state, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Cranston was in the Army and likely to have been deployed to Afghanistan this summer, according to a police interview with Sullivan's parents.

It was unclear why Sullivan went to her former boyfriend's apartment. Her father told police he knew she was going there alone, and that he told her not to.

But she went anyway, and then was supposed to go to work and later to a beach condo.

When she didn't show up, her father called around looking for her. Eventually he went to Cranston's apartment, police said. He saw his daughter's car outside.

He went up to the apartment, forced his way through the door and found the two bodies on the living room floor, police said.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

St. Petersburg police investigate possible murder-suicide 06/12/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 12, 2011 10:40pm]
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