Police: Palmetto dispute leads to attempted murder charge

rdymond@bradenton.comSeptember 17, 2013 


MANATEE -- Police say an argument at The Hall nightclub at 1330 U.S. 301 in Palmetto Friday night spilled over to a shooting in Bradenton that left one man injured and another facing a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Michael Barkley Bacon, 24, was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in the 3600 block of First Street East early Tuesday and charged with attempted second-degree murder and using a deadly weapon in an aggravated battery in an incident in the 1800 block of 13th Avenue East early Friday, said Capt. William Fowler of the Bradenton Police Department.

The person Bacon allegedly shot suffered a minor, non-life-threatening gunshot wound, Fowler said Tuesday.

"The victim was treated at a local hospital and released," Fowler said.

Bradenton police report the incident started at The Hall nightclub and ended in Bradenton, Fowler said.

"We don't know what exactly what happened at The

Hall," Fowler said. "Nothing may have been yet reported from there. Witnesses have told us that Mr. Bacon was involved in a physical altercation with another person on 13th Avenue East. At one point, Mr. Bacon was seen armed with a gun. During this altercation, there was a gunshot. The bullet hit the victim."

Bradenton police offered no motive yet for the shooting.

After the Bradenton Police Department announced an arrest warrant for Bacon, the sheriff's office spotted him and made the arrest, said Dave Bristow, a sheriff's office spokesman.

Bacon was in the Manatee County jail Tuesday subject to $250,000 bond, according to the sheriff's office website.

Bacon's Manatee police record shows two incidents of simple battery by touching or striking, in 2007 and 2010, respectively, but no weapons charges, according to the sheriff's office website.

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