North Port police charge man with Tuesday morning murder

North Port homicide arrest

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - North Port police have accused a man of killing a woman in his home Tuesday and trying to make the crime look like a suicide.

North Port Police received a call Tuesday morning about a possible suicide attempt at a home in the 2200 block of Yancy Street. According to a news release, when they arrived, they discovered a female, alive, laying on her back with a gunshot wound to the left side of her head. An AR-15 short-barrel rifle was in her left hand. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died. Police have not yet released the identity of the victim.

Police say the resident of the house, 39-year-old Clinton Pittman, was the only adult in the home with access to a firearm. Upon searching the home, they discovered a video of Pittman exiting the bedroom into the backyard and throwing a handgun into the woods beside his house. Police have recovered the handgun.

After being interviewed by police, Pittman was charged with homicide, tampering with evidence, and two counts of possession of firearm as a felon.

Investigators work on the scene of a homicide in North Port March 31.
Investigators work on the scene of a homicide in North Port March 31. (Source: WWSB-TV)

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