3 charged in connection with fatal shooting in Bradenton

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

rdymond@bradenton.comFebruary 24, 2014 

MANATEE -- Authorities investigating the early Sunday morning fatal shooting in the Sugar Ridge Subdivison made two more arrests Monday as the case continues to unfold. Three people have been arrested so far.

Developments Monday in the death of 20-year-old Kerson Edmond include:

• The man who reportedly shot Edmond in self-defense, Ryan Harmon, 24, was charged Monday with evidence tampering, giving false information to law enforcement and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office release.

• Olivia Sauceda, 23, the woman Edmond was reportedly beating with a gun when Harmon shot and killed him, was also charged Monday with evidence tampering, the release states.

• The weapon used to fatally shoot Edmond may have been stolen from a vehicle in August 2013, the sheriff's office reported.

• A resident of the house where Edmond was shot, Dinzel Gabriel, 19, was arrested on a charge of being a felon in possession of a handgun -- the weapon Harmon used to kill Edmond.

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of 30th Lane East.

An argument over money, and possibly drugs, reportedly 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.

Gabriel, who had lived at the house just for several days, told authorities Harmon took the gun from a dresser drawer.

Gabriel told detectives he received the gun several weeks ago from a friend he only knows as "Bama," the report states. The serial number of the gun was run through a database and it was reported stolen by the Bradenton Police Department.

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

Gabriel was arrested Sunday and remained in Manatee County jail Monday on a $7,500 bond.

Harmon is in the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $10,500. Sauceda is in the jail on a $1,500 bond.

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