BRADENTON -- The suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a Bradenton man was arrested Tuesday morning after attempting to flee from police, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
At about 9:45 a.m., Robert Eugene Brewer, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, according to a news release.
At 11:45 a.m. Dec. 19, 27-year-old Kevin McCants was called to a car in the 1000 block of 33rd Avenue East in Bradenton and shot to death.
Several witnesses identified Brewer as the shooter, according to authorities. Three other men were believed to be in the black Toyota Camry with Brewer and all drove off after McCants was killed.
Within hours of the shooting, detectives had a warrant charging Brewer with second-degree murder, but an arrest had been elusive.
Bradenton Police Department officers attempted a traf
fic stop on Brewer Tuesday morning, but Brewer tried to flee, the release stated. Minutes later, he crashed his car in the 1300 block of Eighth Avenue East and then tried to run.
Brewer was caught by police and taken to a local hospital for observation. Later, he was booked into the Manatee County jail.
Brewer was released Oct. 16 from the Manatee County jail, where he had been held for more than nine months as he awaited trial on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was released less than a month before the case was scheduled to go to trial, when the charges were dropped.
In December 2013, Brewer was released from prison after serving five and half months for a robbery conviction from 2013. In that case, Brewer had initially pleaded no contest to the charge Jan. 15, 2013, and was sentenced to three years probation but violated the probation Jan. 28, 2013, when he was the passenger in vehicle involved in pursuit and then fled from law enforcement. Brewer later admitted to the probation violation. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to more than 18 months prison.
Anyone with information about the murder case can call the sheriff's at 941-747-3011, ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.