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Pasco authorities release name of Port Richey shooting suspect

Joe Reverdes, 31, threatened to kill the homeowner and his family, say Pasco County deputies.

Joe Reverdes, 31, threatened to kill the homeowner and his family, say Pasco County deputies.

PORT RICHEY — Pasco deputies released the name of the only suspect still at large after a shooting and home invasion on Gawain Road on Wednesday.

Deputies say Joe Reverdes, 31, and three other men stormed a house at 10917 Gawain Road and threatened to kill the homeowner and his family if they didn't give up money and pills.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said the suspects targeted the house.

When the homeowner and suspects started shooting at each other, one suspect was shot in the back. Authorities say the three others tried to drag him away, but finally abandoned him and drove off with $1,600 and an unknown amount of pills.

The wounded suspect, Steven Reverdes, 33, was arrested after he was found at the scene. Later, deputies tracked down and arrested two of the men who fled, Michael Reverdes, 31, and Joseph Rich, 23.

All three men are charged with attempted murder and armed home invasion. Rich and Michael Reverdes were being held in the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday in lieu of bail more than $200,000.

Steven Reverdes was released.

Once the suspects broke into the house, records said a woman who lived there recognized them. She told deputies she heard one say, "She knows us, let's leave."

The suspects almost left, authorities said, but on their way out, the woman said she heard one of them say, "They know who we are, let's just do them."

The men came back in, and that's when the shooting started.

On Thursday, investigators were still searching for Joe Reverdes. Anyone with information about his location can contact authorities at or by calling, toll-free, 1-800-706-2488.

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