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Release Number: 09-046

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

February 20, 2009

James Callaway, Community Affairs

(813) 247-8060




SWAT Makes Arrest Of Man Wanted For Attempted Murder


HCSO SWAT deputies this afternoon surrounded a residence at 3016 Spillers Avenue and arrested a man wanted for shooting another man this morning in Clair-mel City. Deputies had gone to this residence for a probable cause arrest and the subject would not come out around noon. He surrendered at 2:26 p.m.


Travis Mendez, DOB 7/26/86, of 3105 75th Street North, Tampa, was charged with one count of attempted murder for shooting a man outside a house this morning around 1:30 at 4313 26th Avenue South. Mendez and two others had gone to the address to apparently inquire about money being owed when a fight erupted and Mendez fired a .22-caliber pistol, hitting the victim three times in the back.

The victim, Richard Nelson, DOB 5/11/89 of 6111 Manor Drive, Lithia, was in stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.