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St. Petersburg man shot to death in Polk County

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying three men believed to be involved in the shooting.
A 29-year-old St. Petersburg man was shot to death in Polk County on Wednesday. Xavier Antonio Johnson was killed inside a home on Acorn Court in Davenport, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting occurred during what is believed to have been a drug transaction, deputies said.
A 29-year-old St. Petersburg man was shot to death in Polk County on Wednesday. Xavier Antonio Johnson was killed inside a home on Acorn Court in Davenport, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting occurred during what is believed to have been a drug transaction, deputies said. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 16|Updated Apr. 18

DAVENPORT — A 29-year-old St. Petersburg man was shot to death in Polk County on Wednesday.

Xavier Antonio Johnson was killed inside a home on Acorn Court in Davenport, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting occurred during what is believed to have been a drug transaction, deputies said.

Investigators believe Johnson and his associates were selling marijuana from the house, which they rented through Airbnb, since April 8. On Wednesday, three unidentified men went inside the house, deputies said. One of them was carrying a gun, deputies said.

The Sheriff’s Office released a video on its social media accounts Saturday of three men carrying the victim out of the house. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the three men in the video.

Anyone with information is asked to phone the Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.

Anonymous tips may be submitted to Heartland Crime Stoppers, deputies said.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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