Published October 1, 2006

Two men wave guns, rob Pinellas convenience store

CLEARWATER - Pinellas County sheriff's detectives are searching for two gunmen who robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store early Saturday and took cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes.

Sgt. Jim Bordner said two men walked into the store, 6270 150th Ave. N, about 3:40 a.m. Saturday brandishing guns, and ordered the woman behind the counter to open the cash register.

They asked the clerk to open the office and safe, but Bordner said she was unable to comply with their request. Another clerk was restocking a walk-in freezer, unaware of the robbery.

The two men left the store as another customer was coming inside.

The clerk, who was not injured, was taken to a hospital for an unspecified medical condition.

Bordner described one man as a black male with light complexion, about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 with a thin build. He was wearing a black, hooded, long-sleeved sweatshirt, a white mask and long blue denim shorts.

The second man was also black, with dark complexion, about 5 feet 4 to 5 feet 5. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Both had semiautomatic pistols.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call (727) 582-6200 or toll-free 1-800-873-8477.

Man who killed Polk County deputy identified

LAKELAND - The man who shot and killed a Polk County sheriff's deputy and his police dog and wounded another deputy in the leg has been positively identified through fingerprinting as 27-year-old Angilo Freeman, authorities said yesterday.

Freeman, who used several aliases, was shot dead by SWAT members after he hid for 23 hours in a pit he dug under a fallen oak tree in a heavily wooded section of Lakeland. Polk County investigators said his fingerprints matched those found in a rental car the deputies stopped for speeding Thursday morning.