Man, 18, arrested in drug deal-turned-robbery-turned murder, say Largo police

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LARGO — An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, accused of orchestrating a weekend drug deal that led to a fatal shooting this past weekend, according to Largo police.

It was the fifth arrest this year of Gavin O’Neil Griffin, also faces four counts of burglary, one count of resisting an officer without violence and one count of possession of THC oil from previous arrests, according to jail records.

This latest incident took place at about 10 p.m. Sunday, police said. A 22-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound and pronounced dead in a parking lot at the Autumn Chase apartments at 2200 Gladys St. His family asked police not to release his name. He did not live at the complex.

Griffin’s arrest report reveals what investigators believe happened: He was one of three men who arranged a “narcotics transaction” — which was actually a ruse to rob their 22-year-old target.

It was Griffin who lured the target in, police said, by making him feel “comfortable” about meeting. When the 22-year-old arrived, police said Griffin and two others approached him.

Griffin was about an arm’s length away when one of the other two pulled out a gun and shot the 22-year-old twice, Largo police said. Griffin said he didn’t try to call police or paramedics, he just ran.

He was arrested under Florida’s felony murder statute, under which one can face a murder charge if they take part in a crime that leads to someone’s death. The status of the investigation into the other two people involved in the shooting was not known late Wednesday.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Largo police at (727) 587-6730.


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