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Release # 12-015 Deputies Arrest Indiana Man For Carrying Concealed Firearm Through Security At St. Pete Clearwater Airport

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Transportation and Security Administration (TSA)

Michael Shelton (Arrested)
DOB: 04/18/1954
Address: 10936 Hickory Tree Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Arrested for carrying a concealed firearm (felony)

What:  Deputies assigned to St. Pete/Clearwater Airport have arrested an Indiana man after he was discovered carrying a concealed firearm through the airport’s security checkpoint.

Where:  Deputies responded to the security checkpoint at St. Pete/Clearwater Airport located at 14700 Terminal Boulevard.

When:  Deputies responded to the call at about 4:17 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

How/Why: 

According to deputies, 57-year-old Michael Shelton of Fort Wayne, Indiana was going through security at St. Pete/Clearwater Airport. Deputies say that when he placed his bag through the magnetometer, TSA agents identified the item in the bag as a firearm and summoned deputies.

Deputies responded and confirmed the finding to be a Smith and Wesson, 9m, model 59 - handgun.

Shelton was headed back home to Ft. Wayne on Allegiant Flight 890 following a visit to Florida. Deputies say Shelton was extremely cooperative and apologetic and told deputies he had forgotten the gun was in his bag, described as a brown leather duffel-type bag.

Shelton was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm and was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

To view the suspect’s booking record and photograph click the following link or copy and paste the link into a browser address bar:
http://www.pcsoweb.com/InmateBooking/SubjectResults.aspx?id=1487334

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