Sheriff: Palmetto drug deal ends with buyer getting shot

MANATEE - A 28-year-old man was shot in the foot as he tried to buy marijuana in Palmetto this afternoon, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The man told investigators he went to the 2300 block of U.S. 41 about 12:30 p.m., when he tried make the purchase from two men. As the man handed over his money, one of the suspects pulled a gun and shot the man in the right foot, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The victim's girlfriend took him to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Investigators searched the area where the man said he was shot, but they did not find any evidence of a shooting, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about this case cam call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.