Fugitive kills 3 family members in St. Petersburg, police say

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A man accused of killing three family members at a home in St. Petersburg is now in custody.

St. Pete police said officers responded to reports of a shooting at a home on 2968 Emerson Avenue South shortly before 4 p.m.

A woman told police she had been shot and ran to her neighbor’s home. Police learned the gunman and four others, including a toddler, were inside the home where the shooting occurred.

Homes nearby were evacuated, and police sent in a SWAT team to knock down the front wall of the home. There they found 31-year-old Cornelius “Cornbread” Whitfield. He was taken into custody.

Police also found the bodies of Whitfield’s uncle, Antonio Maurice Graham, 45, his grandmother, Patricia Ann Whitfield Sharpe, 66, and his great-grandmother, Sallie Hobbs Whitfield, 83.

Whitfield has a long criminal history in Pinellas County and has served two sentences in Florida state prison on drug charges.

Whitfield is also the suspect in the death of Darren Barnes, who was killed Feb. 2 at the Emerald Pointe Apartments. Another man is recovering from serious injuries after the incident.

Chief Anthony Holloway says multiple homicide charges are pending.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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