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Date of Issue: December 31, 2008

Gunman shoots man, takes own life

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Jeremiah Edland, deceased

A Holmes Beach man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after allegedly shooting another man Dec. 28.

The incident took place at about 10:45 a.m. Dec. 28 at a residence in the 4100 block of 78th Street West, Bradenton, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The MCSO reported that the 32-year-old suspect, identified as Jeremiah Edland of Holmes Beach, shot Chris Sharts, 32, in the upper body and then shot himself with a 9 mm handgun.

Melissa Swafford, 26, took Sharts to Blake Medical Center, where he was then transported by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was in critical condition.

The MCSO said Edland went to the home to talk with Swafford, identified as an ex-girlfriend, and, while there, confronted Sharts about his relationship with the woman.

The confrontation ended with the shooting in the kitchen, according to the MCSO, which reported that three juveniles — a 3-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 17-year-old babysitter — were in the home at the time of the shooting.