Sarasota, Florida

From the of March 3, 2007

Intruder killed during home invasion

Sarasota Police detectives have made an arrest in connection with an early morning home invasion where two people were wounded and one killed.

The incident happened around 4:30 Saturday morning.

Investigators say two men, wearing black ski masks, burst into a home at 2819 Dixie Avenue in Sarasota. Shortly after the intruders broke in, a gunfight took place.

One of the invaders was killed. He is identified as 18-year-old Travis Earl.

The other intruder was identified as 18-year-old Tyrell L. Leverett. Deputies say he was wounded in the hip.

The resident inside the home, 45-year-old Hugh Smith, was shot in the forearm.

Detectives have arrested and charged Leverett with felony murder, and with home invasion with a firearm. He has been booked into the Sarasota County Jail


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