Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Erica A. Platt (Victim – Injured)
Address: 5750 66th Lane North, St. Petersburg
Tyler H. Garcia (Victim – Injured)
Address: 5000 28th Street North, Lot #21, St. Petersburg
Brandon M. Tartaglia (Arrested – Uninjured)
Charges: One count of battery
Tyson H. Garcia (Arrested – Uninjured)
Address: 5815 59th Avenue North, Kenneth City
Charges: One count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling
Deputies arrest a man for shooting a woman in the stomach with a handgun during a fight in St. Petersburg.
Deputies were called to the residence at about 10:55 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Deputies arrested the suspect at about 3:15 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017.
The incident occurred at a residence located at 5000 28th Street North, Lot #23, unincorporated St. Petersburg.
At about 10:55 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017, deputies were called to a residence located at 5000 28th Street North, lot #23, in unincorporated St. Petersburg for a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they located the victim 20-year-old Erica Platt suffering from a gunshot wound to her abdomen.
Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Platt to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for non-life-threatening injuries.
Through the course of the investigation, witnesses told deputies the incident started when 21-year-old Brandon Tartaglia started a physical altercation with 17-year-old Tyler Garcia and 20-year-old Tyson Garcia at lot #21, earlier in the evening. After the initial altercation, Tartaglia returned to lot #23.
Deputies say Tyler Garcia, Tyson Garcia, and an unidentified black male subject walked over to lot #23 where a second physical altercation took place outside the residence. Witnesses told deputies Tyson Garcia took out a handgun and shot Platt who was standing in the doorway of the residence watching the fight. Tyson Garcia then fled the scene with the handgun.
Through various investigative techniques, deputies were able to locate Tyson Garcia and take him into custody without incident. The handgun was not recovered.
Tyson Garcia was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling.
Tartaglia was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. He was charged with one count of battery for striking Tyler Garcia during the altercation.
Tyler Garcia sustained a minor injury and refused medical treatment.
Deputies say it’s still unclear what started the altercation.
The investigation continues.
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