Crime

Manatee deputies: Victim's account of robbery, shooting doesn't match the evidence

MANATEE — A man told deputies he was shot in the leg during an attempted robbery on Cortez Road late Tuesday, but deputies say the evidence does not match his story, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim told deputies he was stopped at the stop sign at 39th Street West and Cortez Road about 10 p.m. when a man armed with a shotgun confronted him by opening the door of his car and demanding "everything," a news release states.

The victim exited the car and took his keys with him. The attacked continued to demand everything while pointing the shotgun at the motorist, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim asked the suspect to not point the gun at him while brushing the barrel of the weapon away from him. At this point, the gun fired, striking the victim on the left outside area of his thigh, according to the release.

The victim punched the suspect and ran. He eventually returned to his vehicle and drove to his apartment. There. he had his girlfriend drive him to Blake Medical Center, where he was treated for a minor injury to his thigh.

Deputies did find a bullet hole in the driver's seat where the victim was sitting and several pieces of a fragmented bullet in the back seat.

"The evidence that was located in the car was inconsistent with the statement given by" the victim, the news release states.

Deputies say the investigation is continuing.

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