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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/12/2013 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Arrest Suspect Shooting of Convenience Store Clerk 


On Friday, January 11, 2013, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip identifying 29-year-old Leonard Randolph Coleman, DOB 07/29/1983, 360 24th street NW, Apartment 519, Winter Haven, as the suspect in the Superway Convenience Store shooting investigation.

As reported previously:

At 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, the suspect went into the Superway Convenience Store located at 2415 Avenue G NW in Winter Haven and told the clerk he wanted $2.00 worth of gas.  He then put a handful of coins on the counter.  The clerk and suspect exchanged words in reference to the coins, and the suspect then abruptly left the store, grabbing items and throwing them on the floor.  The clerk followed the suspect as he ran outside.

Once outside, the suspect turned around, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and shot him, striking the clerk in the shoulder.  The suspect then fled on foot, heading northbound on 25th Street NW.  The clerk was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

The suspect may have later gotten into a light-colored (possibly tan) four-door car, possibly a Chevrolet or Toyota.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6' tall and muscular, wearing a blue Atlanta Hawks "Pistol Pete" Maravich basketball jersey, with a number 44 on it.

Coleman was located at his home and arrested without incident.  During a post-Miranda interview, Coleman made countless admissions to being at the store and being involved in the altercation with the victim.  Coleman has a light-colored Toyota Camry.

Coleman is charged with attempted 1st Degree Homicide, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.  He was transported to the Polk County Jail without incident.  He is being held on no bond.

Coleman's January 2013 Booking Photo