Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Public safety

Pasco man shot in head still in critical condition; arrest made

DADE CITY — A 24-year-old man shot in the head remained in critical condition early Monday, Pasco County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Pasco deputies received a 911 call around 6 p.m. Sunday that a man had been shot at 14918 Dade St., sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. At least three people were detained for questioning.

Carlos Hiracheta Perez, 28, was arrested on one count of attempted murder.

Deputies said Perez and the injured man were inside the Dade Street house when Perez pulled out a Colt .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and shot the victim in the head twice.

Two witnesses struggled with Perez for the gun, and he ran away, a Sheriff's Office release states. When deputies arrested him about 1:50 a.m. Monday, he "denied even being at the residence and then requested legal counsel."

Records show that Perez has been charged in previous cases with burglary and marijuana possession. His last listed address is 37009 Old San Ann Road in Dade City, about a mile and a half south of the crumbling blue house where the shooting took place.

Neighbors near the Dade Street home declined to talk to a Times reporter on Monday, as did a woman who identified herself in a phone call as Perez's mother.

Perez remained in the Land O'Lakes jail late Monday afternoon in lieu of $100,000 bail on a charge of attempted murder.

Another sheriff's spokesman, Doug Tobin, did not release the victim's name due to his "grave condition." The victim remains at an unnamed hospital.

The investigation continues.

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