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Update on Homicide Case - Gregory Allen Ross, 19 yrs old.

The location the victim was shot at, 833 N. Florence Avenue is what is commonly called a “Trap House” (Term used to define a crack house, or the surroundings in which a drug dealer would use to make their profit).
Items of evidentiary value were located in the house which would indicate drug activity. No other details will be discussed on items located inside the house.

On 2/28/14 at 11:23 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in reference to Ross being shot in the right thigh. Ross stated that while walking west on 13th Street near Kettles Avenue, he heard what sounded like “firecrackers” and then realized he had been shot. Ross walked to LRMC at this time. Ross stated he saw no vehicle or person that could have caused this injury. Officers discovered dark marks near his wound that were consistent with stippling (Shots fired from close range leaving marks are discolorations of the skin caused by burning gunpowder) indicating the injury was self-inflicted or by an “unknown” person up close.  Ross gave several conflicting statements to responding officers at LRMC. 

Detectives are still working the case, attending the autopsy today and following up on leads. Anyone with additional information on this case should call Det. Hurley at 863-834-8973.

 

UPDATE
October 28, 2013

The homicide victim has now been identified as 43 year old, Thomas Howard Garrison.  His next of kin, brother Frederick Parks, Jr. of Miramar, FL has been notified.  As of this Media Release an autopsy has not been completed. 

*****ORIGINAL RELEASE*****

On October 24, 2013 at approximately 10:12 p.m., several 911 calls were received about gunshots in the area of Gilmore Avenue and Parker Street. Patrol Officers responded and upon arrival located an adult male with a gunshot wound. The unknown male was found lying in the front yard of 708 East Parker Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The decedent has not been positively identified. An autopsy has been scheduled.

There are no arrests and no further details are being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation. As further information becomes available, updates will be released.


UPDATE
October 26, 2013

Mr. Melvin returned to his home around noon today, 10/26/13.  He appeared to be in good health.  The family stated that they appreciated the Lakeland Police Department and the community’s efforts in helping locate Mr. Melvin.

*****ORIGINAL RELEASE*****

The Lakeland Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating a Missing/Endangered Adult.

Quentin Dion Melvin
B/M DOB: 4/11/89
Ht: 5’08” Wt: 264
(Photo Taken 10/10/13)

Quentin Dion Melvin was last seen in the area of 501 Hartsell Avenue #6 at approximately 1:00 a.m.  on 10/25/13. Melvin left on foot for a walk and has not returned. Mevlin has mental health issues and is on medication. Melvin has black hair, short dreads, and brown eyes. Melvin was last seen wearing a red, short sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and black clog-like “Croc” shoes. Melvin has a scar on his right forearm and another scar over his left eyebrow. Family members state that this is the first time Melvin has gone missing from home. Melvin walks from home to local businesses in the area of his home.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Quentin Dion Melvin should call the Lakeland Police Department 863.834.6900 or call 9-1-1.