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Military veteran arrested on 1st-degree murder charge

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Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife. Faber, 34, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to his wife.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - A 34-year-old Bay area man is facing a variety of charges stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred late Saturday night in St. Petersburg.

Jason Michael Faber was arrested just before midnight following a short pursuit. He is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 7th Ave. North just after 10 p.m. in response to a shots fired call. When they arrived they found three men suffering from gunshot wounds.

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Two of the men were found lying in the street outside of a vehicle. The third man, 55-year-old David A. Oard, had his head grazed by a stray bullet as he sat in his home.

All three were taken to local hospitals.

One of the victims – 26-year-old MacKenzie Galen McConnell of Brandon – was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m. at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Alexander Usher, a 31-year-old St. Petersburg resident, suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body and is in fair condition. Oard was treated and released.

Investigators say Usher and McConnell were sitting in a parked car when they were approached by Faber. The suspect brandished a semi-automatic handgun and without provocation began firing at the two men and their vehicle.

One of the stray rounds entered Oard’s residence resulting in his head injury. After the shooting Faber, who lives nearby, got into his 2004 silver-colored Mazda RX-8 and fled the area with weapon.

An investigation revealed that Faber served in the military and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to his wife the suspect believed the people he shot were dealing drugs. Ms. Faber did not know what led up to the incident and was unaware of any provocation between her husband and the two men.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. officers located the suspect vehicle near the intersection of Gandy Blvd. North and 4th St. When they attempted to approach Faber he fled south on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. North.

Police pursued the suspect and the chase eventually took them to a northbound entrance ramp onto Interstate 275. As Faber attempted to enter the roadway a police cruiser struck his vehicle, disabling it. Several other officers rushed the car and managed to subdue Faber before he could grab his gun.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for an examination before he was questioned by detectives and transported to jail. None of the officers were injured during the arrest or chase.

Faber is facing two counts of attempted 1st-degree murder, one count of 1st-degree murder and one count of felony fleeing to elude.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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