The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a 26-year-old man Sunday night and have obtained an arrest warrant for the man detectives say killed him.
Tommy Brown Jr. was shot in the 900 block of 21st Street East, Palmetto, and officials said Monday morning they are looking for 18-year-old Jacoryan Christopher Lee in connection with the shooting.
Lee had been on probation under the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice up until recently for several gun-related crimes.
According to the sheriff’s office, Lee went up to the vehicle Brown was in and the two started to argue. Lee got in the backseat of the vehicle, still arguing with Brown. Investigators say Lee shot and killed Brown and took off around 10:45 p.m. Sunday. Dave Bristow, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said Brown was shot inside the vehicle.
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The victim lived walking distance from where he was killed, according to the last known official address.
Detectives were able to identify Lee as the shooter and obtained a warrant charging him with murder, according to the sheriff’s office.
In April 2015, Lee pleaded no contest to armed burglary with a firearm in one case, and principal to armed robbery with a firearm and principal to attempted armed robbery with a firearm in another case. Lee was committed to a high-risk residential juvenile detention center for one year and found to be a delinquent by the court on all three counts.
After his commitment, Lee was ordered to serve probation until his 21st birthday. The court also imposed juveniles sanctions, including that he not commit any new criminal acts, attend school daily, submit to random drug and alcohol testing and abide by an 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew.
On Feb. 28, Lee’s probation was terminated early, however, despite having been found guilty of violating that probation once in 2017.
The victim was the oldest of Catina Span’s six children, she told the Bradenton Herald. She was too upset to talk about her son, but was surrounded by loved ones at her Palmetto home on Monday afternoon. Earlier in the day, she took to social media to share her grief.
On Facebook she wrote, “I just wanna hold my son one more time,” and shared recent photos of him.
Brown, a former Manatee High School student, had also taken to Facebook multiple times over the weekend, including posting a live video in which he is seen driving around early Saturday morning, smoking and making an apparent drug deal. Other public Facebook photos show Brown showing off marijuana, large wads of cash and a handgun.