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Shooting victim drives to clinic

Published Oct. 16, 2005

A man found shot in the chest at the Lee Davis Clinic was in critical condition late Tuesday at Tampa General Hospital, police said. The man, whose name was not released because relatives had not been notified, was found by a police lieutenant on patrol. According to police, the man was shot elsewhere, apparently during a drug deal. He then drove himself to the clinic parking lot at 20th Street and 23rd Avenue, where he collapsed. Two suspects were in custody and being questioned late Tuesday. No other details were available.Man shot to death in Tampa

TAMPA _ Police were investigating the shooting death of a resident in south Tampa late Tuesday. According to Lt. Robert Delsignore, a man was shot once at 6312 S Renellie Court. According to the Tampa Fire Department, the call came in to authorities about 10:20 p.m. The man was already dead when ambulances arrived. No other details were available.

Summons issued in cat-mauling

MILTON _ The son of Santa Rosa County's sheriff has been accused of hanging a neighbor's cat from a tree so his dog could maul the feline. County Judge Colie Nichols issued a summons Monday against Jeffery Coffman, 22, of Milton after neighbor Beverly A. Crockett and animal control officer Betty Sims swore out complaints. The charge of animal fighting or baiting carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sheriff Maurice Coffman called the accusation "absolutely ridiculous" and said he believed his son would be cleared. The younger Coffman lives with his parents. In her statement, Ms. Crockett said that Feb. 14 she saw Jeffery Coffman lead his rottweiler to a neighbor's tree, where the dog began leaping, and that she then saw the cat dangling from the tree.