Sheriff: Suspect in Ellenton pistol whipping, robbery arrested

Police say suspect tried to shoot store owner three times

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 9, 2013 

Authorities have arrested a suspect in the attempted burglary of an Ellenton coin shop, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

After releasing photos taken by security cameras, detectives learned that the suspect, La’Tay McKelly, had been shot Wednesday evening while trying to rob the owner of an Ellenton coin shop, said sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow, and that he was receiving treatment at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

“It is not a serious or life threatening wound so he will be transported to the jail as soon as he is treated,” Bristow said.

McKelly will be charged with attempted armed burglary and attempted murder, Bristow said.

On Wednesday walked into Cortez Coins at 3812 U.S. 301 about 5 p.m. and feigned a need for a coin appraisal, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Will Kelly. As the owner leaned over the counter, the suspect whacked himin the head with a full-size gun and tried three times to shoot him, according to the report, but the gun did not fire.

The victim was a able to retrieve his own gun and shot once at the suspect, who fled on foot toward Franklin Avenue, according to witnesses. It is unknown if the suspect was hit.

Emma Bertrand-Dorics, whose family owns the building received a call about 30 minutes after the incident.

"I got a call that there were a bunch of police cars and a helicopter," said Bertrand-Dorics.

She said the victim had blood on his clothing from the gun blow to the head.

The victim suffered a laceration to the top of his head and received treatment on scene. Nothing was taken.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. Follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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