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Tampa police arrest suspect in Sunday fatal shooting

Surveillance video shows the suspect in a fatal shooting at Florida and Kentucky avenues in Tampa. The man charged in the killing admitted that he is the person seen in the video.

Tampa Police Department

Surveillance video shows the suspect in a fatal shooting at Florida and Kentucky avenues in Tampa. The man charged in the killing admitted that he is the person seen in the video.

TAMPA — Police arrested a man Monday night suspected of killing 39-year-old Michael Smith Ayuso as he sat in his car.

Jason Smith, 30, was charged with first-degree murder and was being booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Tampa police say, a car in which Smith was a passenger pulled into a parking lot at Florida and Kentucky avenues.

Smith got out of the vehicle.

When Ayuso arrived, he pulled his car toward Smith.

Smith spoke to Ayuso through the passenger window and then shot him several times in the upper body before fleeing in the waiting car, police say.

A surveillance camera at a business captured Smith exiting and re-entering his car before and after the incident.

On Monday, officers spotted the car seen on the surveillance camera just after noon not far from the crime scene.

They followed it a short distance to Florida and Virginia avenues, where they pulled Smith over.

Smith and two witnesses were taken in for questioning and were cooperative, police said.

Smith identified himself as the person in the surveillance video, police said.

Tampa police arrest suspect in Sunday fatal shooting 03/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 11:14pm]
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