Third suspect arrested in Sarasota shooting

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SARASOTA - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a third suspect in last Friday night’s shooting incident.

In addition to Trae and Ryan Ward, who have already been arrested for this crime, witnesses said a man known only as “Pudda” also shot at Henry Salem, who was not injured.

During their investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as James Dixon and obtained a warrant for his arrest, and then learned from the victim that Dixon threatened him Monday in an attempt to get the charges dropped against the Wards.

Dixon is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Tampering with or Harassing a Victim.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit located him Wednesday morning in the 2900 block of Lockwood Meadows Blvd., Sarasota, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Dixon has 9 prior arrests in Sarasota County for charges that include drug possession, sexual battery and evidence tampering.