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12-052 Investigation Underway On Honeymoon Island Incident; Man Struggles With Law Enforcement

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

Department of Environmental Protection

James Clifton Barnes (Injured)
DOB: 06/27/1974

Officer Joseph Tactuk (Department of Environmental Protection)
Age: 21
Hire Date: 2010

Deputy Kenneth Kubler (Assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit)
Age: 48
Hire Date: 11/18/1982

What:
The investigation continues reference the incident on Honeymoon Island in which a man became engaged in a struggle with law enforcement.

When:
The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Where:
The incident occurred on the north end of Honeymoon Island.

Why/How:
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into an incident that occurred on Honeymoon Island.

According to investigators, Officer Joseph Tactuk of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) became involved in a struggle with a man, identified as 37-year-old James Clifton Barnes, on the north end of the island as he was attempting to arrest him.

Deputy Kenneth Kubler from the Marine Unit arrived to assist; as did Sheriff’s Office patrol units. Detectives say Officer Tactuk had placed Barnes in handcuffs when Deputy Kubler arrived on scene and called for Barnes to calm down. According to detectives, Barnes continued to struggle violently with the DEP Officer.

In order to subdue the man, Deputy Kubler deployed his electronic control device.

Barnes was transported to Bayfront Medical center for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Kubler and Officer Tactuk were not injured.

Detectives are asking that anyone who may have seen the struggle on Honeymoon Island or can provide any information that may assist with this investigation, please contact the Robbery Homicide Unit at 727-582-6200.

The investigation continues.

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