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Florida man stashed sawed-off shotgun after shooting friend, deputies say

Victim shot in chest during argument

Clyde Burton Davis
Clyde Burton Davis (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man shot a friend he was doing drugs with during an argument, then stashed a sawed-off shotgun at a home and told the residents there he was “borrowing” their car, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the victim and his girlfriend went to 48-year-old Clyde Burton Davis’s home in Lakeland around 2 p.m. Tuesday to do drugs and at some point, the victim and Davis got into an argument that resulted in Davis shooting the man in the chest.

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Records show that after the shooting, Davis went to a home where some of his acquaintances live and left the sawed-off shotgun there and said he was “borrowing” their Hyundai and would be back with it.

A 911 call came in around 8 p.m. Tuesday from a couple who said Davis had parked the stolen Hyundai in their driveway and was sleeping inside, according to a news release. Davis was arrested at that address.

Deputies said they searched Davis’s home and found meth, heroin, digital scales, baggies, syringes, a meth pipe and shotgun shells. His wife is facing charges of possession of meth and paraphernalia, possession of heroin and maintaining a residence for drug use.

Davis, who has a criminal history that dates back to 1990 and includes six prison sentences, is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with evidence, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, grand theft of a motor vehicle and burglary of a conveyance.

The victim is in critical condition.


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