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Man dies after deputy shoots him with Taser

By Times Staff
Published May 8, 2007


SEMINOLE - An unidentified man died Monday night after Pinellas County sheriff's deputies shot him with a Taser gun following a car chase. The man's death capped off a bizarre series of events that included an unrelated abduction, ramming of police cruisers and then a slow-speed chase through the Oakhurst neighborhood of Seminole, sheriff's spokesman Jim Bordner said. Bordner was still piecing together details late Monday night and could not identify the man. Earlier, deputies had arrested a suspect in an armed abduction. Bordner could not identify the suspect, nor the woman he supposedly abducted. But the suspect did tell deputies that he had thrown a gun into the Intracoastal Waterway while driving between Indian Rocks Beach and the mainland on State Road 688. While searching for the gun under the bridge, a deputy noticed a man in a Dodge pickup "behaving erratically, flailing his arms, " Bordner said. The deputy called for backup and two more cruisers arrived. As three deputies approached on foot, the man rammed two cruisers, then smashed into a fence, and then backed up again. Two deputies fired at the truck, Bordner said. The pickup managed to get out from under the bridge and headed east on Walsingham Road. Another deputy spotted the truck and followed it to a residential area at the intersection of 137 Street and Antigua Drive.


Additional charges filed in shooting

TAMPA - A Riverview man accused in a shooting Saturday night at a Nebraska Avenue nail salon faces additional charges. Investigators initially charged Warren S. Pink, 29, of 12933 Tribute Drive with being a felon in possession of a firearm and fleeing and eluding in connection with a shooting at Top Nail Salon. On Monday, Pink also was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with great bodily harm and aggravated fleeing to elude law enforcement, jail records show. He was held without bail.


Condition of teen in wreck upgraded

DUNEDIN - A teen injured in a wreck Friday was upgraded to good condition Monday. Brandon Sarnick, 18, of Dunedin was hurt in the crash that killed driver Derek Teele.


Acid container explodes on worker

BROOKSVILLE - A laboratory employee at the Cemex cement plant north of Brooksville was hospitalized Monday when a glass receptacle containing a quart of nitric acid exploded while he was handling it.

[Last modified May 8, 2007, 07:14:45]

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