Sarasota woman arrested in connection with shooting New Year’s Day – CBS Tampa

SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The Sarasota Police Department has arrested a woman in connection with a shooting that happened in the 1400 block of Main Street, Sarasota, just before noon. 01:45 on January 1, 2022.

Latoya Johnson, 37, of Sarasota, has been arrested and faces charges of murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. She is being held in Sarasota County Jail on $ 1.1 million bail.

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Sarasota police officers were working on New Year’s Eve on Main Street when they were warned of a shooting on 1429 Main Street, Sarasota. During the investigation, officers found that a grown man had been shot. The man was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries. The name of the victim is being held under Marsy’s law.

Johnson, along with several other people, was contacted by Sarasota police officers before 1415 2nd Street, Sarasota, after witnesses gave their description. As officers approached the group, they saw Johnson hiding a firearm in a plant box in the area. The weapon was found by officers.

Video from inside the company showed Johnson and several other people sitting at a table up against the wall. The victim and his family were sitting at a table on the outdoor patio area. One of the family members seemed intoxicated and did not try to become physically ill. The family member went inside, and as he passed Johnson and the group of friends, he appeared to be getting sick on one of the people sitting with Johnson.

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The group got up, approached the family member and a fight started. Johnson is seen on video holding a black firearm in her right hand as she kicked people to the ground. At the same time, the victim is seen running towards the fight and trying to defend her family by hitting Johnson in her head. Johnson turned to the victim and shot him. Witnesses told officers they confirmed hearing a single shot. The event took 37 seconds.

Johnson has a criminal history in Florida, which includes seven convictions for crimes. In June 2008, in Sarasota County, Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison by the state for the charge of carrying a concealed firearm.

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this case should call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070 or provide an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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