3 charged in connection with fatal shooting in Bradenton

Weapon used in 'self-defense' shooting may be stolen

HERALD STAFF REPORTFebruary 24, 2014 

MANATEE -- Three people who were in an East Manatee home early Sunday when one of the three fatally shot a fourth person -- possibly in self-defense -- have been charged in connection with the case, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Also, the gun used to kill Kerson Edmond, 22, may have been stolen, according to reports.

Monday afternoon, the sheriff's office announced that the shooter, Ryan Harmon, 24, had been charged with evidence tampering, giving false information to law enforcement and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Also charged with evidence tampering is Olivia Sauceda, 23, the woman Edmond was reportedly beating with a gun when Harmon shot and killed him.

"The charges have to do with the tampering of two firearms at the scene," the sheriff's office said.

No one has been charged with killing Edmond, as detectives continue to investigate whether the shooting was in self-defense.

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. in the Sugar Ridge neighborhood, in the 3500 block of 30th Lane East.

An argument over money, and possibly drugs, erupted when Edmond pulled a gun and started beating Sauceda with it. That's when Harmon pulled a gun and shot and killed Edmond, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives believe the third person charged in the case, Dinzel Gabriel, 19, brought the gun used to kill Edmond into the house, where he had been staying for a few days.

Gabriel, who was a witness to the shooting, was in the Manatee County jail Monday because it was discovered that he brought the black .380-automatic handgun into the home and he is a convicted felon, the report states.

Gabriel told authorities he believes Harmon found the black .380-automatic handgun in a dresser drawer at the house and used it in the shooting, the report states.

The serial number of the gun was run through a database and it had been reported stolen by the Bradenton Police Department, the report states.

According to the BPD report, the handgun was stolen from inside a vehicle located at 831 State Road 64 E. on Aug. 30, 2013.

Gabriel told detectives that he received the gun several weeks ago from a friend he only knows as "Bama," the report states.

Gabriel was arrested Sunday and remained in the Manatee County jail Monday subject to a $7,500 bond for possession of a firearm, the report states.

Harmon was being held on bonds totaling $10,500 and Sauceda was being held on a $1,500 bond.

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