Lealman Man Accused in Deputy-Involved Shooting
The shooter and one man suffered life threatening injuries; the deputy and two others were not hurt, according to the Pinellas County sheriff.
LEALMAN – A man has been accused of attempted murder Tuesday (Oct. 11) after he shot a neighbor and shot at two others and a deputy, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Shawn Smith, 30, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg suffering life threatening injuries from multiple gunshot wounds, deputies said. The other two men and the deputy were not injured.
Larry Dennis Hoad, 65, of 4809 46th Ave. N, Apt. 1, in the unincorporated Lealman area, is accused of three counts of attempted murder and two counts of shooting into an occupied dwellling, according to deputies.
Hoad was on a “violent rampage looking for more victims” before he shot at the deputy, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
“We are very fortunate that Hoad did not kill a deputy sheriff,” Gualtieri said.
Court processing deputies went to Hoad’s residence about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to serve him with an eviction notice. They told Hoad he had to vacate the property within 24 hours. Deputies left the residence without incident.
About 12:50 p.m., deputies were called to 4610 47th Way N after 911 calls came in for reported gunshots. Sgt. Matt McLane responded and parked his cruiser along 47th Way N between 46th Avenue N and 47th Avenue. As McLane got out of his patrol car, he say a man later identified as Hoad walking towards him in the alleyway.
Hoad had a handgun in his right hand and a rifle in his left hand. McLane ordered Hoad to drop his weapons. Deputies said Hoad disregarded McLane’s commands and instead fired two shots at McLane, striking his cruiser and penetrating the front and rear driver-side doors. McLane returned fire, striking Hoad in the torso and in the arm, incapacitating him.
Investigators said that, before McLane arrived, Hoad had fired multiple shots at Smith, who lived in the same triplex. Smith was found at his residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Hoad then went to a neighboring residence and fired multiple rounds into the neighbor’s house and unoccupied vehicle. deputies said. The homeowner, 73-year-old David Foreman, was inside the
residence at the time and was uninjured.
Hoad also fired multiple rounds at 69-year-old Allen R. Cameron who was painting at 4809 46th Ave. N, deputies said. Cameron fled and was uninjured.
After shooting at Cameron, investigators said Hoad walked through the alleyway just north of 4809 46th Ave. N, along 47th Way N, looking for another unidentified person who he intended to shoot. As Hoad walked into the alleyway, he encountered McLane.
Hoad was taken to Bayfront with life-threatening injuries.
McLane will be placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
For information about the Pinellas County sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
Photos courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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