UPDATE: June 13, 2023
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has taken the final suspect, 18-year-old Sha-Zear Mears (06-25-2004), into custody after his release from hospital care late yesterday evening on a Charlotte County warrant. Sha-Zear Mears is facing one count of Home Invasion Robbery with a Firearm or Deadly Weapon and has been transferred to the Charlotte County Jail.
UPDATE: May 26, 2023
Two individuals have been charged in relation to the home invasion on Beverly Ave. Additional charges are expected.
Saleef Stevenson (1-30-2006) (photo not being released due to age)
- Home Invasion Robbery with a Firearm or Deadly Weapon
Leah Kirsten Jenness ( 11-07-2004)
- Accessory after the fact of 1st degree Felony
A neighbor identified as Ethan Maaske ( 09-12-1997) became involved in the incident on Felton Ave. and is being charged with the following:
- Aggravated battery/Person uses a Deadly Weapon
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Port Charlotte, FL- May 25, 2023
In the late hours of May 24th, just before 11 pm, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a home invasion in the 22000 block of Beverly Ave. Within moments, deputies were on the scene where they observed a wounded male laying in the road on Felton Ave.
Four individuals ranging from age 17 to 33 were involved in the brazen invasion of the residence. One suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. Another suspect is currently in critical condition and receiving medical treatment. Thanks to the quick response and coordinated efforts of our law enforcement personnel, two suspects have been apprehended after fleeing in a silver vehicle, and taken into custody without incident.
During the commission of the crime, two dogs were struck by gunfire and were transported to a local animal hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, one of the dogs has succumbed to those injuries.
This investigation is currently in its preliminary stages, with charges forthcoming as we gather further information and evidence. Investigators are currently processing multiple crime scenes in relation to this incident and are expected to remain in the area throughout the day.
We reassure our community that we are actively investigating this incident and will provide further updates as additional information becomes available.
We encourage anyone with information pertaining to this incident or any other criminal activities within our jurisdiction to contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-2101, through our free mobile app, or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.