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Police: St. Petersburg man forces his way into apartment, dies after resident stabs him

Published Feb. 11, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — A man who forced his way into an apartment early Sunday morning died after a resident stabbed him, police reported.

Zachary Shane Eggleston, 23, lived in the same apartment complex on the 500 block of 77th Avenue N, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department. But the apartment he entered was the home of Jonathan Garcia, 29, Garcia's girlfriend and her daughter. The three were sleeping when Eggleston arrived, about 1:30 a.m.

A fight broke out between Eggleston and Garcia, police reported, and Garcia stabbed the man. Both were injured, and Eggleston later died.

The two did not know each other, according to police. Though the agency is still investigating, Garcia has not been charged with a crime.

Contact Langston Taylor at 727-893-8659 or ltaylor@tampabay.com. Follow @langstonitaylor.

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