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Police: St. Pete bondsman shoots fugitive in self-defense

A bail bondsman looking for a fugitive in St. Petersburg fired several rounds at the wanted man as he drove a car at the bondsman Thursday night.

One of the bullets struck the driver in the shoulder, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Lorenzo Arscott, 24, was hospitalized for treatment of the wound, which was not considered life threatening.

Arscott remains hospitalized under guard, police say. He will be transported to the Pinellas County Jail once he is medically cleared.

St. Petersburg police said three bail bondsmen were looking for Arscott and approached a home at 4248 Fourth Ave. S., at 7:15 p.m. Thursday looking for the man.

Arscott, in a Toyota Camry, drove directly at one of the bondsmen, police said. That bondsman, 41-year-old Walter Kyles of St. Petersburg, pulled a handgun and fired several shots at the car in self defense, police said. The car came to a stop and Arscott was held until police arrived.

Arscott has been charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He also was wanted on outstanding failure to appear warrants stemming from marijuana charges.

Police said no charges will be filed against Kyles, who works for Kyle’s Quick Bail Bonds.

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