Palm Harbor Man Shot at Neighboring House, Deputies Say
Deputies waited for about eight hours before the man came out of his house.
PALM HARBOR – A Palm Harbor man has been accused of shooting at a neighboring house, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Stephen Jonas, 51, of Palm Harbor, was charged with one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling. Deputies said he told them he was shooting at rats in his backyard. He is cooperating with the investigation, they said.
Pinellas deputies were called to the area near County Road 1 and Curlew Road in Palm Harbor about 3 a.m. today (Nov. 12). They had received multiple calls from neighbors who reported they
heard several gun shots. When deputies arrived, they said they also hear about five gunshots, which sounded as if they might be from a rifle.
The gunshots were coming from a residence on Canopy Oaks Boulevard, which is where Jonas lived. Deputies set up a perimeter and tried to contact Jonas for about eight hours. At about 11:22 a.m., Jonas walked out of his home and was taken into custody without incident.
Deputies entered the home to make sure no one else was in the house. The house was empty and no one was hurt. However, deputies said they saw a .223 rifle inside the residence, along with many other weapons. They also saw drugs in the home.
Deputies determined that a house to the south of Jonas’ home was hit with one of the rounds. There were no injuries to anyone residing in that home.
For information about the Pinellas sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
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