Man arrested for shooting his father in Sarasota

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SARASOTA - Authorities have arrested a man in connection to the shooting of his own father.

Steven Phelps Jr. has been arrested for Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Phelps was arrested on Tuesday on the 1300 block of 21st Street in Sarasota. The arrest was made by members of the US Marshal’s Service, Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. Detectives from the Sarasota Police Department and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office participate in the Fugitive Task Force and were involved in today’s arrest.

His arrest is based on a shooting that occurred in the 1500 block of 22nd Street on March 5th. Sarasota Police Officers heard several gunshots and arrived at the scene of the shooting in less than 60 seconds. The officers found a victim bleeding from wounds to his back and shoulder and immediately began providing first aid. EMTs arrived on the scene. Based on the severity of the injuries, the victim was taken to Blake Medical Center.

The victim, Steven Phelps Sr., (suspect’s father) was shot two times. The victim advised that his son rode up on a bike and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at him. His son started shooting (3-4 shots), but those shots missed. At that point the victim thought his son was only trying to scare him. He turned and started to walk away. That is when his son rode up closer to the victim and shot him in the back, causing him to collapse to the ground.

Phleps Sr. saw his son riding even closer to him and it was clearly apparent to the victim that his son was trying to shoot him in the head. He moved quickly away and his son fired another shot that struck the victim in the rear right shoulder area.

Officers recovered spent shell casings at the scene. The shooting resulted in the charge of Attempted Murder.

Phelps Jr. is a convicted felon. He has previously been arrested on 37 criminal charges including 19 felony charges. He has been convicted of 6 felonies and 4 misdemeanors. Based on the felony convictions and the use of a firearm, Phelps was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Anyone with additional information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Riley at 941-954-7062.