Although police did not locate the subject, who is wanted for several charges of dealing in stolen property (a third degree felony) that night, Gulfport Officer Zack Mills saw the suspect, Jason Ray Burns, three days later in the Tangerine area of Gulfport. Burns fled, taking cover under the Tangerine Greenway home of an elderly couple. After the Pinellas County Sheriff Office’s K9 unit went under the home, the police arrested and charged Burns with – among other things – 28 counts of stolen property.
In an attempt to remove Burns from under the home, the police dog attacked him, leaving three bites on his arm. Burns told police he had been shot and stabbed and those bites hurt more.
Burns remained in the Pinellas County Jail at press time.