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Suspects in Plant City area shootings arrested after chase

PLANT CITY — The suspect in a Plant City slaying and another man wanted in an unrelated shooting were taken into custody Thursday morning after a law enforcement pursuit that stretched into three counties.

Master Brown, 21, of Lakeland, was arrested in the Wednesday afternoon killing of 22-year-old Ha’keem Alagawan Cook outside a convenience store, police Sgt. Tray Towles said. He was charged with second-degree murder, according to a warrant.

Brown was with two other men. One of them, 29-year-old Stefan Jackson, of Plant City, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Hillsborough County in connection with the Oct. 21 shooting of a father and son in the Bealsville area.

Cook, a Plant City resident, was shot shortly after 2 p.m. outside a store at 516 S. Maryland Ave. Cook and Brown had been talking, but it’s not known if they were arguing.

“It was in broad daylight and there were many witnesses so we knew who our suspect was almost right way,” Towles said.

About 3:30 a.m., Plant City detectives spotted Brown in a car with two other men, and Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies started chasing them, Towles said. The chase entered Pasco County before the car headed back into Hillsborough and crashed at Charlie Taylor and Midway roads near Plant City, Towles said.

Officers chased the suspect and his companions on foot, and with help of a school bus driver’s tip they were taken into custody by Polk County deputies at U.S. 92 and McCue Road, Towles said.

Three guns were in the crashed car.

In October, investigators said, Jackson and another man forced Vincent Shakes, 24, into their car and drove him to his father’s house, where they demanded money. During the incident, Shakes was shot in the foot and his father, Leaford Shakes, 49, was shot in the upper body, investigators said.

Jackson faces charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated battery and home invasion in that case, officials said.

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