LAKE CITY, Fla.—Police said they are searching for an attempted robbery suspect after a construction worker defended himself with his handgun in Lake City Sunday night.
Gary Cleveland was determined to have used his weapon in self-defense and will not face any criminal charges for firing two shots at an allegedly armed attempted robber, the Lake City Police Department said in a release.
While working at a restaurant on E. Duval Street in Lake City a black teen approached the construction worker to ask for money. When Cleveland declined the teen's request, the teen left, police said.
Later that night, while Cleveland was cleaning up for the night, the teen returned with a handgun and demanded money, according to police.
Instead of giving the teen money, Cleveland reportedly pulled his own handgun, for which he had a concealed-carry permit, and fired two shots.
The teen fled, and neither Cleveland nor police said they believed the teen was injured.
The suspect is described as a 15 - 17-year-old black male, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7. He's reportedly thin with short, cropped hair. Police said he was last seen wearing a pair of black gym shorts.
He was not wearing a shirt, authorities said, but had one tucked into his shorts. He had a tattoo with blue, cursive letters across his upper chest.
Anyone with information on this attempted robbery are asked to call Ivan Useche with the Lake City Police Department at 386-752-4343.
Tips could be submitted anonymously to the Lake City Police Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the TIP line at 386-719-2068.