Bail bondsman accidentally shoots woman at McDonald's drive-thru
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - A takeout order at a St. Petersburg McDonalds turned into a drive-thru shooting.
The sound of gun fire echoed through the parking lot of the restaurant on 34th Avenue South Wednesday afternoon.
Police said a bail bondsman, who was after a felon, accidentally shot a woman, sending her to the hospital in critical condition.
Crime scene investigators were staged in the McDonald's parking lot late into Wednesday night. Police tape blocked off the drive-thru to any customers.
"You can not pick the location and time when you are going to do things. I would have picked a better location than this," said Chief Anthony Holloway.
St. Pete police say Kyle's Kwik Bail Bonding had been tailing a white car all day. It had three people inside. The bail bondsmen were only after the guy in the back seat, Deveon Stokes.
The 26-year-old had a felony warrant for intent to sell cocaine, driving with a license suspended or revoked, failure to appear, and he owed the company more than $20,000.
As the car rolled up to the window, Holloway said, "One vehicle came in front of the suspect vehicle, the other vehicle came up on the side of the vehicle."
The white car was blocked in.
"The driver of the vehicle decided he was going to try to get out of there," Holloway said. "The bail bondsman has his gun in the vehicle. He said it went off as they were trying to pull away."
Holloway said the single bullet hit a female passenger in the hand and grazed her head. She was rushed into surgery in critical condition, a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"She was just the front passenger in the vehicle," Holloway said.
According to Holloway, the department has a good working relationship with many local bail bondsmen. As for why this takedown happened the way it did, he has a lot of questions.
"They are going to go through the same procedure if you shot off your weapon," Holloway said. "That's why we are interviewing them to see what happened. We are going through the crime scene right now, talking to everyone to see what exactly caused the shooting."
When we stopped by Kyle's Kwik Bail Bonding, they had no comment. No charges have been filed, but that could change.
Police have not yet released the victim's name or given an update on her condition.
As for Stokes, he was taken into custody. He has a lengthy criminal history in Pinellas County, including arrests for grand theft auto, domestic battery on a pregnant woman, and drug possession.