Police Still Seeking Suspect in Homicide

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The Gulfport Police Department has released a composite, digital sketch of an unidentified person of interest in a homicide case which left one dead early Sunday morning, March 29.

According to the GPD’s Facebook page, the man being sought is, “a dark-skinned black male in his 30s – 5’7”, 140 lbs – [with a] thin build, short hair and a pronounced underbite.”

The incident occurred in Gulfport, on the 1400 block of 52nd Street South, shortly before 2 a.m.

On scene, police found a wounded man – 41 year-old Michael Dayton. He’d been shot, but was still alive, conscious and aware. He was taken to Bayfront Health, near downtown St. Petersburg, where he died of his injuries later that morning.

According to the Department of Corrections, Dayton was on probation for robbery with a deadly weapon.

The GPD’s Facebook page states that, “preliminary evidence indicates that Dayton was killed following an attempt to set up a transaction to purchase crack cocaine.”

Police have not yet identified the shooter, but are asking anyone with information which may lead to an arrest, or information regarding the unidentified person of interest, to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or go online at crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

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