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Tampa man accused of killing girlfriend's former boyfriend

TAMPA — Police arrested a 33-year-old man and accused him of murdering his girlfriend's former boyfriend Wednesday night.

Damien Michael Townes of Tampa faces charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the killing of Charon Aliem Shaw, 39.

Police said that just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, they received an emergency call from Leah Waring, who said Shaw was outside her home.

Soon after, Waring called 911 again. This time, operators could hear her crying and screaming, "Get your hands off me."

When officers arrived at the scene, in the 300 block of E Woodlawn Avenue, they found Shaw lying with several gunshot wounds in the yard of a home.

He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died.

Homicide detectives arrived at the scene and determined that Townes was the shooter, police said. He was arrested without incident.

According to jail records, Townes has a history of arrests in Hillsborough County dating to the mid-1990s. Over the years, he has been charged with burglary, battery and theft.

He was being held without bail Thursday in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Shaw also had a criminal record in the county, with charges including aggravated assault with a firearm, drug possession and domestic battery.

Tampa man accused of killing girlfriend's former boyfriend 11/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:51pm]

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