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Largo police officer fires gun by accident at home

Published Oct. 1, 2005

A Largo police officer accidentally fired his gun inside his home during the weekend, sending a bullet through several walls. No one was injured by the shot fired Saturday by Officer Mark Kenda. An Internal Affairs investigation, which is routine when an officer fires a gun, is being conducted. A Largo officer for two years, Kenda was off duty and at his home in the Tall Pines subdivision when the shot was fired. Largo police Capt. Joe Gillette said an investigation showed that Kenda had his Smith & Wesson 9mm semiautomatic handgun in an off-duty holster. He removed the gun from the holster about 8:30 a.m. As he took the gun out of the holster to put it in his bedroom, Gillette said, a shot was fired. The bullet hit a mirror above a bathroom sink. It continued through the wall into a closet in the next room. It went through the room and lodged in an exterior wall.

Stereos stolen from cars

at apartment complex

LARGO _ Some residents of Winding Lanes Apartments awoke Monday to find their cars damaged and stereos gone. Police said at least three cars at the complex at 301 N Belcher Road were burglarized during the night. Windows were broken out in at least one car that was locked. Capt. Joe Gillette said stereos were taken from the cars. Blood was left behind in one car, apparently from a cut on the burglar caused by broken glass. There was no forced entry to a 1994 Ford Explorer that was burglarized at the complex after someone discovered a door was not locked. A stereo valued at $350 was taken.