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12-045 Investigation Continues In Palm Harbor Fatal Shooting

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Brandon Patrick Baker (Deceased)
DOB: 08/11/1981
Address: 1286 Bay Harbor Drive, Apt 201, Palm Harbor
Driving a white Chevy Pick-up

Seth Browning (Shooter)
Age: 23
Driving a silver Mitsubishi Lancer

Christopher Baker (Brandon’s Brother)
DOB: 8/11/1981
Address: 1286 Bay Harbor Drive, Apt 201, Palm Harbor
Driving a BMW

Amy Marcellus (Brandon’s Girlfriend – Passenger in Christopher Baker’s car)
DOB: 10/11/1976
Address: 1286 Bay Harbor Drive, Apt.201, Palm Harbor

What:
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting in Palm Harbor. No arrests have been made at this time.

When:
The fatal shooting occurred at about 2:17 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Where:
The shooting occurred at 1508 Seagull Drive in Palm Harbor.

Why/How:
Pinellas County deputies responded to the shooting at about 2:17 a.m. on March 6th, at the above listed location.

Upon arrival deputies found a victim had been shot on the street. The victim, identified as 30 year-old Brandon Patrick Baker was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Robbery/Homicide Unit was notified and responded to conduct an investigation.

According to detectives, three vehicles (one driven by the victim Brandon Baker, the second driven by the shooter Seth Browning, and the third, driven by the victim’s brother Christopher Baker and occupied by passenger Amy Marcellus) were heading southbound on County Road 611.

Browning, who is a Security Guard, told deputies that while on CR 611 he became concerned about Brandon Baker’s driving actions; and in an attempt to obtain his tag information- followed him onto Boot Ranch Road and then onto Seagull Drive.

The third car, being driven by Brandon’s brother, Christopher Baker, followed the other two into the subdivision.

Detectives say the vehicles came to a stop and Brandon Baker exited his vehicle and aggressively approached Seth Browning’s car. Browning responded by using OC spray on Brandon and on Christopher Baker who by this time had also exited his vehicle and approached Browning’s car.

According to investigators, Brandon continued to approach Browning’s car. Deputies say Brandon then reached into Browning’s vehicle and punched Browning, who in turn pulled out his gun and shot Brandon.

Browning called 911 and remained on scene until the deputies arrived. He was not on duty at the time of the incident and was authorized to carry a gun through his employer.

Christopher Baker was not injured.

Amy Marcellus was not injured. She remained inside the vehicle during the incident.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The investigation continues.

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