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More charges filed against ex-officer in house shooting

Authorities say she shot into a former business partner's home.

By DEMORRIS A. LEE
Published September 12, 2006


CLEARWATER - Sixteen additional charges have been filed against a former Hillsborough County law enforcement officer, who was arrested and charged Thursday with shooting into a Clearwater home.

Courtenay H. Savage, 31, was initially charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and resisting and obstruction without violence after she was caught on videotape shooting at the home of Christina Lodrini, a former business partner, about 4 a.m. Thursday.

On Sunday, police added 16 more charges in connection with the shooting, pushing Savage's bail to $405,500. All but one of the charges are aggravated assault with a firearm. The other is criminal mischief with a firearm. As of Monday night, Savage remained in the Pinellas County Jail.

Also, authorities discovered Monday that the handgun found in the vehicle that Savage was in when she was arrested is a Tampa Police Department service revolver, they said. It was not the gun used in the shooting.

Larry McKinnon, a Tampa police spokesman, said the loaded 9mm handgun belongs to Savage's husband, David L. Savage, a Tampa police officer.

"We are in the middle of trying to inquire about the circumstances, if it was supposed to be there, how it got there," McKinnon said. "We are very concerned about it being there. There may be a legitimate reason."

McKinnon said another question is whether the handgun was properly secured and how Courtenay Savage might have gained access to it.

"Any time we have a circumstance that has those type of questions, we get to the bottom of it," McKinnon said.

Courtenay Savage worked as a Tampa reserve officer from 2000 to March 20, 2003. In 1998, she worked as a detention deputy in Hillsborough County.

After being caught on a surveillance camera that Lodrini installed at her home, 6301 144th Ave. N, near Clearwater, Savage told investigators that she drove by the home three times - on July 10, Aug. 9 and Thursday - and shot at the house. The tape from Thursday's shooting showed Savage shooting six rounds from a .357-caliber handgun.

There were two adults and six children in the home at the time of Thursday's shooting, according to the Sheriff's Office. Flying glass caused minor injuries to a 13-month-old, but no other injuries were reported, the Sheriff's Office said.

Courtenay Savage and Lodrini were partners in an aromatherapy business. The Sheriff's Office said that was the source of the feud between them.

The latest arrest isn't the first time that Savage has recently unloaded a handgun. Savage was involved in an unrelated shooting Sept. 4 in Clearwater, police spokesman Wayne Shelor said. About 3 a.m., Savage was at Fantasy Lingerie, 2426 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., when a man pulled a knife on her, she said. Savage shot at the man twice with a .38-caliber revolver and called police, Shelor said.

Police were close by, but when they arrived, they found no assailant, even after using a tracking dog, Shelor said. No arrest has been made in the matter.

Demorris A. Lee can be reached at dalee@sptimes.com or 727 445-4174.