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Manatee sheriff: Convicted drug dealer killed in home invasion

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office this morning identified a 19-year-old convicted drug dealer as the man killed when he and another man broke into an Ellenton residence Thanksgiving morning.

Brooklenn Garger 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.

Gargara 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 in the 300 block of Linden Drive and got into a fight with one of the residents, Aaron Curry, according to the sheriff's office.

Curry, 29, shot and killed Gargar, and Curry was also shot in the buttocks. He has been treated and released from a hospital.

The second intruder, who has not been identified, fled.

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.

It appears nothing was taken from the residence, authorities said.

Authorities recovered some weapons, according to investigators.

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.

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.

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