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Charges filed against suspect shot 13 times

A man shot by deputies Sunday after wounding a security guard has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, officials said.

Szilard Farkas, 24, of no known address, remains in extremely critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital after being shot 13 times by sheriff's deputies outside Cheval shortly after 8 a.m.

It was not clear Tuesday how Farkas, who immigration officials said was deported to his native Hungary in 1998 after being convicted of robbery and lewd and lascivious charges in 1997, managed to return to the United States.

His mother, Clara Farkas, 47, of Tampa, said she had lost touch with her son, who she described as a good man.

"He was my life," Mrs. Farkas said, "and I don't think he's going to make it."

Deputies filed charges against Farkas on Tuesday and upgraded the charges against 24-year-old David Smith, who they say was with Farkas when the two men fired shots at the Groovy Mule Bottle Club at 8205 N Dale Mabry Highway early Sunday.

Smith now faces charges of attempted murder and battery, in addition to charges filed earlier of aggravated assault on law enforcement, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Security guard Raymond Kramer, 30, was battered by Smith and then shot in the leg by Farkas, deputies said, before the two men fled in a white van.

After a deputy tried to pull the men over at Dale Mabry Highway, officials said, they rammed the patrol car and drove through a nearby apartment complex before crashing into the wall at the entrance to Cheval.

Both suspects fled on foot, with Smith being caught after being told to drop his gun, deputies said.

Farkas hid in shrubbery, deputies said, and was shot after he pointed his gun at deputies.

The deputies involved in the shooting are Scott Hamilton, 30, a deputy for three years; Alan Brown, 38, a deputy for 10 years; James Kelley, 31, a deputy for six years; and Arturo Lence, 46, a deputy for 10 years.

All four were placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, which is standard.

_ Amy Herdy can be reached at 226-3386 or herdysptimes.com

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