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Man wounded in controversial 2013 shooting by St. Pete Police claims negligence

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Danardrick Rashad Chance

A man shot in 2013 by police executing a search warrant in St. Petersburg is suing both the department and the officer who shot him, claiming negligence.

Danardrick Rashad Chance is a 23-year-old St. Petersburg resident. According to police records, he has an arrest record dating back to 2007. In 2013, Chance was involved in a controversial shooting incident with police that was widely reported in local news.

Shannon Michele Halstead, 40, serves as a law-enforcement officer with the St. Petersburg Police department. On the day of the shooting, Halstead’s rank was sergeant. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership St. Pete.

In 2015, Halstead married George Dunsworth Lofton in 2015, and goes by the name Shannon Halstead Lofton.

Halstead, 36-years-old at the time, was a member of the team attempting to execute a drug-and-weapons search warrant at a home in St. Petersburg’s Child’s Park neighborhood. Three men were observed getting into a white Toyota Camry, and attempted to run over Halstead and other officers.

Shannon Michele Halstead

Halstead and two undercover detectives fired at the car.

Chance, a passenger in the Camry, was wounded in the leg and arrested.

Marques Lewis Rowe, 25, was charged with a series of offenses, including a minimum of six counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended or revoked license, obstructing or resisting an officer without violence, and possession of cocaine and marijuana. Rowe pleaded guilty to lesser charges, and served two-and-a-half years in prison.

The shooting drew criticism from both neighbors and the local NAACP, which claimed SPPD used overkill – more officers and firepower than was appropriate for the situation.

After an internal investigation, Halstead received a relatively minor reprimand – an “Employee Notice” in her personnel file citing a “Group II” department rule violation.

Four years after the shooting, Chance is seeking compensation. In a complaint filed March 3 in Pinellas County Circuit Court, he claims he is a victim of a “negligent and careless” police raid.

As for Halstead’s subsequent career, she was promoted to lieutenant in late 2016, according to the SPPD Facebook page.

Chance was arrested in the 2013 incident for misdemeanor failure to appear on a marijuana-possession case. Months later, prosecutors dropped the charge. Court records also show he was charged with felony trespass in 2013 and high-speed fleeing and eluding in 2016.

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