Friday, April 20, 2018
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Suspect in Port Richey murder arrested in New York

A man wanted in a December homicide outside a Port Richey strip club was arrested in upstate New York on Monday.

According to local news reports, sheriff's deputies in Broome County, N.Y., were conducting surveillance in the town of Dickinson when they stopped a suspicious vehicle and found heroin and a digital scale.

The driver, who initially gave a false name and identification, was identified through fingerprints as 28-year-old Taurezs Leigh Bullock, according to an article in the Press & Sun Bulletin.

Bullock is wanted on a murder warrant in Pasco in the shooting death of David Avant, 27, in front of the Brass Flamingo on U.S. 19 on Dec. 19, 2013. Pasco sheriff's officials said that early that morning, an unidentified friend of Bullock's began arguing with Avant at the club. The argument turned physical and Bullock joined in. A bystander tried to intervene, and Bullock shot Avant and the bystander, authorities said.

Avant was found in the parking lot. Investigators believed the shooter or shooters ran away.

Bullock has been arrested at least six times in Pasco County since 2008 on charges including cocaine possession and carrying a concealed weapon. Deputies believe he was involved with the Valentine Bloods gang.

In New York, authorities seized three fake ID cards, 25 credit cards in different names, pills and drug paraphernalia from Bullock's motel room, the Press & Sun Bulletin said, citing sheriff's officials.

Bullock was jailed in Broome County and is awaiting extradition, the newspaper said.

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