Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Bondsman charged in shooting

Southpinellas: Bondsman charged in shooting: "A St. Petersburg bail bondsman wound up behind bars Thursday after police say he shot at a car driven by a man he claimed skipped out on a bond.

While driving on 21st Street and 43rd Terrace N, Norman Luther Britten Jr. spotted a man who had previously jumped bail on a traffic offense, according to police. So Britten pulled out a gun and shot at the car, intending to stop the scofflaw. Britten struck the car's left rear tire, but the man got away.

Police said children were playing nearby. They arrested Britten and charged him with discharging a firearm in public, a felony. Britten, 33, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Thursday night but was released a few hours later."

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