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Pinellas man charged in shooting at officer

Published Aug. 31, 2005

A Palm Harbor man was charged with attempted murder on a law enforcement officer after firing several gunshots Saturday night, police said. Quincy Wright, 20, of 4895 Inverness Court was standing near Trickels Jeweler in Clearwater about 8 p.m. when he fired a shot at an unknown target, police said. "After the first round, he turned toward his right and saw me and two more rounds were shot," Officer Kurt Zamor wrote in a report. "I was 25 feet from the defendant and I was in fear at that time." Zamor was not injured. Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor said Wright was arrested after a chase that lasted about two blocks. Wright suffered injuries to his face when, he "did a swan-dive into the pavement," Shelor said. Wright claimed to have been shot, Shelor said, and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center. He was released after it was determined he had not been shot. Shelor said the officers did not fire their weapons. Wright was being held in the Pinellas County jail Sunday on $500,500 bail.

Foul play suspected

in elderly man's death

LARGO _ An elderly man was found dead in his apartment early Sunday, police said. Police received a call at 5:05 a.m., but they would not provide any details other than to say it appears to be a homicide. The man's body was discovered in the Bay Villa condos, 2750 East Bay Drive in Largo. Officials are withholding the man's name pending notification of relatives. Largo police spokesman Brandon Graham said a forensics team was searching the man's apartment. "They are following up on some leads," said Graham. "It's not the kind of case where we're in the dark. They have some ideas on who they want to talk to."

Wreck kills child, woman, critically injures another

BRANDON _ One child was killed and another critically injured in an accident Saturday that also killed a 26-year-old Brandon woman. Afiwavi Soedjede died a short time after crashing the 1994 Honda she was driving into a retaining wall on northbound Interstate 75 about 2 p.m. just north of State Road 60, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Passenger Daniella K. Ackey, 3, died hours later at Tampa General Hospital, troopers said. A TGH official said Sunday that Sandrine C. Ackey, 7, also a passenger, was still in critical condition. Soedjede, Daniella and Sandrine all have the same Burlwood Street address in Brandon, according to the FHP. Troopers said Soedjede was heading north on I-75 when for unknown reasons she swerved across the northbound lanes, traveled up an embankment and hit the concrete wall. Soedjede and Sandrine were wearing seat belts, troopers said, but Daniella was not in a child restraint seat. Troopers said alcohol was not a factor.

Deputies: Man found dead thought to be murdered

PALM HARBOR _ A Palm Harbor man was found dead in his home Saturday night. Investigators think David J. Lunz, 56, was murdered but don't know who did it, said Sgt. Greg Tita, spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies discovered Lunz, who lived alone, after neighbors noted that Lunz's deliveries began to pile up. Lunz lived in the 3200 block of Parkway Place. Police found the body at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Robbery may have been the motive, Tita said. Lunz was last seen alive on Thursday, Tita said, and no force was used to gain entrance to his home. He died of trauma to the upper body, Tita said. The Sheriff's Office is investigating.