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Tampa police investigate fatal shooting

TAMPA — Tampa police say a man was shot inside his home Saturday evening.

The shooting occurred at 702 E Broad St. around 10:45 p.m., police say. The victim, identified by police as 49-year-old Colen Charles Thomas, was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The investigation continues.

Thomas' brother-in-law, Arthur Holley, said Thomas lived alone and, had been working a number of odd jobs. The family did not know of any possible suspects, he said.

"He was very kind-hearted," said Holley. "Sometimes he was around the wrong people. ... Sometimes you're around people who don't necessarily reflect who you are as a person."

State records show Thomas has been arrested 37 times since 1981 on charges including burglary, armed robbery and cocaine possession.

Thomas was convicted of cocaine possession in 2010. He was arrested on five drug-related charges last year, but prosecutors did not go forward with them.

Times staff writer Jodie Tillman contributed to this report.

Tampa police investigate fatal shooting 01/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 4:11pm]
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