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Sheriff: Suspect in custody after shooting into vehicle in Venice

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Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 12:26 PM EDT
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VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s office has identified the man they say shot into a vehicle and the fled the scene, eventually crashing into a deputy’s cruiser.

According to Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials, a suspect was seen attempting to break into a vehicle in the 300 block of E. Baffin Drive in Venice. The suspect fired a gun twice at the vehicle, then fled in an SUV.

The vehicle that was fired at was unoccupied. Deputies quickly located the SUV and attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Shamrock and U.S. 41. The suspect struck a deputy’s vehicle before crashing the SUV in a nearby parking lot.

The deputy was not hurt. Kenyaun Mantel Graham, of North Port, has been charged with attempted burglary, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and criminal mischief with property damage among others.

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