MANATEE -- A Palmetto man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in what detectives say was a drug deal gone bad.
Xavier Seabrook, 19, was arrested Friday night in connection with a burglary and subsequently charged with the second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Linzell Feagin Jr., according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office found Feagin, 32, with a single gunshot wound at about 1 a.m. March 4 when called to the RaceTrac in the 1700 block of U.S. 41 N., Palmetto, according to reports. Feagin was taken to Blake Medical Center where he later died.
Deputies determined the shooting took place in the 2100 block of Third Avenue East, Palmetto and secured the scene where a .40-caliber bullet casing was found. A projectile consistent with a .40-caliber bullet was removed from Feagin during
an autopsy, according to Seabrook's arrest report, which details how he was identified as the suspect.
Detectives interviewed Feagin's girlfriend, who was driving the night he was shot. The girlfriend reportedly admitted they went from Bradenton to Palmetto to buy pills as she is a drug addict.
Feagin told his girlfriend to drive to a store in Palmetto where a man was waiting. The man, who would later witness the shooting, directed them to a nearby home, where he exited and then returned without any drugs.Feagin then directed his girlfriend to the 2100 block of Third Avenue East where a silver car was waiting with a man in the driver's seat looking out the window on the passenger side, according to the report. The man had black dreadlocks with blond tips, the girlfriend told detectives.
Feagin gave the man in the back seat some Spice (synthetic marijuana) but he didn't get out of the car, she reportedly told detectives.
Instead, Feagin told his girlfriend to "drive, drive, drive." When she looked out the window, she saw a man in a white T-shirt with a gun, according to the report. Feagin's girlfriend told detectives she heard a single gunshot before driving away.
The man in the backseat told her to go to RaceTrac as Feagin slumped over the center console, according to the report. Feagin's girlfriend drove to RaceTrac where she called law enforcement as the witness ran off.
Detectives located the witness and he confirmed a man approached the car in the 2100 block of Third Avenue East and shot Feagin once in the chest.
He described the suspect as a young, slender man with twists in his hair. He did not reportedly know his name but had seen him hanging around, and he lived with his girlfriend at the rooming house at the scene of the shooting.
Two other witnesses who also live in the green rooming house told detectives Seabrook lived in one room with his girlfriend, but had not been seen since the fatal shooting. Seabrook was described as slender with twists in his hair and his girlfriend was described as having black hair and pock marks on her face.
Detectives interviewed Seabrook's girlfriend. She admitted to living in the green rooming house with him.
On Friday, detectives with a warrant for Seabrook's arrest in connection with a burglary from Thursday found him hiding in the attic in a home in the 2000 block of 29th Avenue West in Bradenton.
In an interview with detectives, his girlfriend said Seabrook admitted to shooting Feagin because he had ripped his brother off for several bags of heroin, according to the report.
On the day of the fatal shooting, Seabrook's girlfriend said they had been home arguing all day. She said Seabrook went outside, she heard a gunshot and he came back in a hurry, saying they needed to go. In the days that followed, she told detectives Seabrook told her he shot Feagin, giving specific details such as the gun jammed. He would cry about it and say he was sorry he did it, she said.
Seabrook's girlfriend told detectives she didn't know what happened to the gun.
After his arrest Friday night, Seabrook reportedly initially denied involvement in the fatal shooting and said he had been at home with his girlfriend. When confronted with inconsistencies in his story, he said another man was responsible for the shooting but then immediately changed his story again saying he didn't know who the shooter was.
Seabrook's photo was shown in a photo lineup to the witness in the back seat of the car when Feagin was shot. He identified Seabrook as the shooter.
Seabrook was released from prison Aug. 17 after serving six months of a year and a day sentence for convictions of possession of a firearm by a person under 24 years old previously found delinquent and possession of ammunition by a person under 24 years old previously found delinquent. His juvenile record includes convictions of escape, trespassing, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest without violence and giving false identification.
Anyone with information on the shooting should contact the Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049.