Crime

Bradenton homicide investigation underway, cops say

The Bradenton Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old man detectives say appears to be a homicide.

At 10:16 p.m. on Thursday, paramedics were dispatched to the 2400 block of 11th Street West, according to the Manatee County Emergency Communications Center. The call reporting the shooting had been made to the Bradenton Police Department, which then called ECC for medical assistance.

Michael Briles, of Bradenton, was declared on the scene, according to Bradenton police spokesman Capt. Brian Thiers.

A press release issued early Friday had scant details and the police department has not released any additional information.

Neighbors woke up shocked up to hear the news Friday morning, as children played in the street while waiting for the school bus to arrive.

“I was scared,” one neighbor said, not wanting to be identified. “There were a lot of police here.”

Neighbors say they thought heard gunshots before police arrived, but couldn’t be certain while others say they heard a helicopter overhead.

“I heard the sirens,” another neighbor said. “But unfortunately we hear them a lot around here.”

If anyone has information, they can call Detective Jeff Beckley at 941-932-9356 or email the information to CRIMETIPS@CITYOFBRADENTON.COM.

You can also remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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