At approximately 9:30 am, Friday, June 20, 2008, a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a witness who said a clerk had been shot at the nearby CITGO Convenience store, located at 404 Highway 17/92, Davenport, (the store is situated on the corner of E. Pine Street and Highway 17-92.)
The victim was taken to Heart of Florida Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives, along with officers from the Davenport Police Department, began a joint investigation and are asking for the community’s help in identifying the suspect who was seen fleeing the scene in a north eastern direction.
Detectives say that the suspect, described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a light colored “hoodie” type shirt and a blue bandanna, and was last seen wearing knee length jean shorts, and black sneakers. The suspect can be seen on store surveillance video entering the store armed with a handgun.
Detectives are asking for the owner of a dark colored (possibly maroon) sedan, seen driving southbound on N. Suwannee Avenue shortly after the incident, and who may have seen the suspect, to please contact law enforcement. A photo of the vehicle accompanies this release.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 863-534.6200, or Detective Angela Macke of the Homicide Unit at 863.534.6379.