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12-104 Detectives Arrest Suspect For Manslaughter In Dunedin Shooting

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

Michael Wayne Parker III (Arrested)
DOB: 06/26/1994
Address: Transient
Arrested for Manslaughter

Justin Blake Cleveland (Deceased Shooting Victim)
DOB: 02/24/1994
Address: 654 Union Street, Dunedin

Devan Thomas Reed (In the residence when shooting occurred; playing with gun)
DOB: 09/11/1993
Address: 1340 Hales Hollow Drive, Dunedin

Alex Stitcher (In the residence when shooting occurred playing with gun)
DOB: 08/31/1994
Address: 2460 Tradewinds Drive, Dunedin

A 16 year-old sold gun to Reed and Stitcher for $125 worth of marijuana

What:  Detectives have arrested a suspect for manslaughter in connection with a shooting in a Dunedin residence; after four young men were playing with a gun while consuming alcohol and K-2.

Where:  The crime occurred at the vicitm’s residence located at 654 Union Street in Dunedin.

When:  The crime occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2012.

The crime was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, April 3, 2012.

How/Why: 

According to investigators on Wednesday, April 2, 2012, a 16-year-old sold 18-year-old  Devan Reed and 18-year-old Alex Stitcher a 9mm Ruger handgun and ammunition for $125 worth of marijuana.

That evening Reed, Stitcher, 17-year-old Michael Wayne Parker and 18-year-old Justin Blake Cleveland met up at Cleveland’s residence located at 654 Union Street in Dunedin.

While at the residence the four young men were playing with the handgun, - taking turns loading it unloading it, racking and re-racking it and dry firing it at themselves and at each other.

Detectives say that at one point when Parker had the gun, he put the magazine in and racked the gun. Detectives say, Parker then removed the magazine. According to investigators, Parker then pointed the gun at Cleveland who was sitting in a nearby chair and pulled the trigger. The gun had a bullet remaining in the chamber and went off killing Cleveland. Cleveland received a gunshot wound to the head.

Parker, Reed and Stitcher immediately fled the residence. Stitcher fled on a bicycle. Parker and Reed fled in Reed’s vehicle. According to investigator’s the two drove to a residential area off  Darlington Road (west of US 19) in Pasco County and threw the gun into a canal.

Reed then drove with Parker back to Pinellas County and dropped him off at a restaurant in Palm Harbor. Detectives say the two agreed not to talk about what had occurred.

On the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2012, Reed told his father what had transpired and contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives responded, located Cleveland’s body in the residence and began their investigation.

Through their investigation, detectives received information that the weapon used had been thrown in the waterway in Pasco County. The Sheriff’s Dive Team responded to search for the weapon on Friday, May 4, 2012 and located and recovered the gun.

The investigation further lead detectives to locate the suspect,Parker, at his girlfriend’s grandmother home at 2971 Estancia Boulevard, Apt 328 in Clearwater.

Detectives say Parker initially hid in a bedroom of the residence but subsequently surrendered to deputies. He was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center for manslaughter.

A  booking photo of the suspect is attached. Parker has been previously arrested for various charged including shooting a deadly missile into an occupied dwelling, felony battery, aggravated battery and vehicle burglary.  

The investigation continues.

 

 

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