Man linked to shooting Holmes Beach police officer arrested on other charges
Justin Garrett, 18, of Bradenton, was wanted for burglary and violation
of probation when he was arrested Tuesday, April 17,
shortly before 7 p.m. after fleeing a Manatee County Sheriff’s
Office deputy who had recognized him.
Garrett’s name has come up
in connection with the shooting of Holmes Beach Police Officer James
Cumston on April 4. In that matter, Cumston spotted a burglary taking
place at a residence near his Bradenton home in the 2000 block of 36th
In his pursuit of the suspects, Cumston was shot but not seriously
injured when the suspects started shooting at him from
their car as he followed in his personal vehicle.
A bullet fragment hit Cumston’s leg and he was treated and dismissed
from the hospital that day.
A NewsManatee source has twice confirmed that the sheriff's
office believes Garrett is the second shooter in the
Cumston incident, but the source says they can't yet prove it.
The sheriff's office has refused to comment officially on
the link between the other suspect, James Perkins,
Perkins, 19, of Bradenton, was arrested
April 4 in Georgia in connection with the incident
and as of April 18, was awaiting extradiction to Manatee County, and
he's not talking about the skirmish, according to sheriff's office spokesman
Garrett was located at about 6 p.m. Tuesday when a deputy spotted
him in the 1900 block of 32nd Avenue East.
who knew Garrett to have felony warrants, saw him standing near a vehicle
and, according to the report, Garrett noticed the deputy and fled on
Garrett jumped a fence and ran through
several backyards and a K-9 unit and several deputies
were called to track Garrett and set up a perimeter to close in on him.
Shortly afterward, Garrett was found hiding in a tree in the 3200
block of 22nd Street East and was taken into custody.
Apparently Garrett damaged a hot tub
on the property when climbing into the tree.
Garrett was arrested for the felony
burglary warrant and for violation of probation. Additionally,
he was charged with criminal mischief, trespass and resisting arrest
In the prior shooting and burglary incident involving the
Holmes Beach officer, Cumston was off-duty at the time
and followed the suspects in his personal vehicle. Cumston called 911
and continued following the suspects, who began shooting at Cumston in
the 3500 block of 27th Street Court East and again fired at him near
the intersection of 27th Street East and 36th Avenue East.
The suspect vehicle
stopped in the 3200 block of 27th Street East and fired
more rounds at Cumston. At that point, Cumston returned several rounds
of gunfire at the suspects.
He reported losing sight of the suspect vehicle in the area of
36th Avenue East and 17th Street East and the vehicle
was recovered later that day.
Sheriff's Investigators are continuing the investigation
into the incident involving Cumston.
More charges may follow against
Garrett, who remains in the Manatee County jail without