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Largo police investigating homicide at mobile home park

LARGO — Detectives were investigating the death of a man they say was shot by his stepfather Friday afternoon at Paradise Island mobile home park off Starkey Road.

Police said they were summoned to the upscale park shortly before 4 p.m.

"A family disturbance led to a shooting, and we're trying to piece it together," said Largo police Sgt. Gary Marx.

Police identified the dead man as Jeffrey Mark Matthews, 48. They said he had a single gunshot wound to the upper body and was found in the hallway of 809 Grand Cayman inside the 55-plus park.

Police said Matthews was involved in a heated argument with his stepfather, 73-year-old Robert Edward Gardner. Police said Gardner fired the shot that killed his stepson, but no arrest was reported Friday night.

Residents said they saw an older man taken from the home in handcuffs. He was complaining of chest pains, they said.

Yellow crime scene tape surrounded the tidy mobile home with purple and beige striped awnings. According to property records, Barbara and Robert Gardner have owned the home since at least 2006.

Neighbors said they didn't hear a gunshot and were aware something had happened only when they saw police swarm the neighborhood with guns drawn.

Resident Lucille Michaud said Paradise Island is a beautiful, quiet place to live, but it had seen a recent rise in problems.

Largo police investigating homicide at mobile home park 10/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2011 11:48pm]
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