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Suspect crashes on Dunedin Causeway after home invasion, shooting

CRYSTAL BEACH — A man shot one person in a midafternoon home invasion, then fled in the victim's car and caused a multicar crash on the Dunedin Causeway before he was apprehended with the help of citizens on personal watercrafts, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Forrest King, 22, kicked in the door to an apartment at 310 Avery Ave., a neighborhood off Alt. U.S. 19, about 2:13 p.m., "demanded property," then shot Mathew Beck, 28, according to the Sheriff's Office. King then fled in Beck's Nissan Xterra.

King nearly slammed into a large trash bin while backing out, then turned and sped past John Barrone, who was driving back to his home next door to 310 Avery Ave.

"He nearly took my fender off," said Barrone, 68, a photographer.

King headed south, speeding on Alt. U.S. 19 before turning west onto Causeway Boulevard, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda. A sheriff's deputy heading north on Alt. U.S. 19 saw the Xterra and followed.

The deputy crested the causeway bridge just in time to see King crash into the back of one car in the westbound lane of the causeway, which leads to Honeymoon Island State Park, authorities said. That car rolled into the eastbound lane, where it collided with another car.

The three-car accident left a female with serious injuries and a male with nonlife-threatening injuries, Barreda said. King then fled into the water, where a few people on personal watercrafts cornered him until the deputy arrived to arrest him, Barreda said.

The man may have thrown a gun into the water, Barreda said, so the Sheriff's Office's dive team was on the scene Thursday afternoon looking for a weapon.

Beck was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries, the Sheriff's Office said. There was also a woman inside the home during the shooting, Kristina Teuber, 33, but she was not injured.

King was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries from the crash, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was arrested for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Will Hobson can be reached at 727-445-4167 or whobson@sptimes.com.

Suspect crashes on Dunedin Causeway after home invasion, shooting 10/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:32pm]

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