ELLENTON -- Detectives were searching for a second suspect in a botched home invasion robbery that left one man dead and another man injured on Thanksgiving morning.
Brooklenn Gargar, 19, a convicted drug dealer, was shot multiple times after he and another accomplice forced their way into a residence in the 300 block of Linden Drive.
Gargar, of Palmetto, was convicted in July 2009 of possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver and possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver. He was sentenced to a year and nine days in prison but was released May 29 of this year, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Gargar also has a record of arrests and convictions for burglary and other charges, according to records.
Gargar and another suspect on Thursday forced their way into a residence and got into a fight with one of the residents, 29-year-old Aaron Curry, according to the sheriff’s office.
Curry, 29, shot and killed Gargar, who was pronounced Curry, 29, shot and killed Gargar, who was pronounced dead at the scene. During the exchange of gunfire, Curry was also shot and wounded in the buttocks. He has been treated and released from a local hospital.
The second intruder, who has not been identified, fled. Gargar and the other intruder were not wearing masks but had their faces covered, according to authorities.
Curry also is a convicted drug dealer. He was convicted in 2002 of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver or sell, obstruction, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to court records.
The motive for the home invasion was possibly drug related, according to authorities.
Investigators said they did recover some weapons at scene.
Detectives do not believe this was a random incident and have reason to believe the residence was targeted by the suspects, according to a news release.
Investigators are looking at whether Gargar and his accomplice are responsible for any other recent home invasion robberies.
Anyone with information about the case can call sheriff’s Detective Ned Foy at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2512 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.