LARGO — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies made two arrests and recovered several guns after they say shots were fired into the front door of an apartment occupied by two adults and three children early Thursday.
Just after midnight, a Pinellas deputy heard shots fired in the High Point area of 58th Street and Crestmont, according to a sheriff's report. The deputy went to investigate and saw a Ford van speeding from the area. He and another deputy followed the van until it struck a tree on Morgan Street.
With the help of police dogs, deputies tracked 25-year-old Chad Covert, who was hiding in a shed, and 32-year-old Fernando Cantres, who was under a boat.
Deputies think Covert and Cantres, and possibly others, were responsible for firing several shots in an apartment in 15000 block of 60th Street, where Lamar Jackson, Andrea Barber and three children — ages 9, 4 and 5 months — were inside.
Among the weapons recovered from the van: two sawed-off 12-gauge shotguns, an AR-15 semi-automatic with several loaded magazines of ammunition, and a small handgun.
Deputies said the home invasion attempt could be drug-related and more charges or arrests may occur.
Cantres, of 1515 W Patterson St. in Tampa, was charged with five counts of shooting a deadly missile into an occupied dwelling, possession of marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and other charges.
Covert, of 891 Southwind Lane in Largo, also faces five counts of shooting a deadly missile, plus conspiracy, possession of a short barreled weapon, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officers.