The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the homicide of 48-year-old David Morse, who was struck and killed by a bullet May 16, in the front yard of his Sarasota home.
Detectives believe the bullet that killed Morse originated from the residence at 4632 N. Shade Ave. while a person was shooting a firearm at a wooden fence on the rear of the property. Several bullets were recovered from the scene, including the bullet that struck and killed Morse, two bullets that struck a residence in the 2000 block of Golf Course Drive, and two bullets as well as several .22-caliber shell casings in the rear lawn of 4632 N. Shade Ave.
An initial ballistics report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicated the bullet recovered from Morse’s body came from a .22-caliber weapon. Detectives collected two .22-caliber weapons from the residence at 4632 N. Shade Ave., including one purchased the day of Morse’s death. According to the ballistics report, FDLE is unable due to the condition of the bullet to “identify or eliminate” the bullet as being fired from the .22-caliber weapon seized from 4632 N. Shade Ave.
This is an active investigation. Detectives are urging anyone with information to contact detective Dave Tuck at 941-861-4939.
Herald staff report