A 19-year-old Clearwater man facing a slew of charges stemming from an incident Thursday night made his first appearance before a judge Saturday morning.
Terry Lamar James was denied bond and will remain behind bars at the Pinellas County Jail. The convicted felon is facing one count of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, one weapons charge and a violation of probation charge.
According to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report Largo Police were looking for James in connection with two recent armed home invasions. Thursday night they tracked him to a residence in their jurisdiction and asked PCSO for assistance to take him into custody.
James would not cooperate and fled the home as shots were fired. A follow-up investigation led them to the Suburban Lodge Motel on Ulmerton Rd. Deputies observed a suspicious vehicle arriving in the parking lot and they began to follow it.
The vehicle eventually pulled into the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinellas Park early Friday morning. Three people, including James, ran from the car when they realized they were being followed by deputies.
A foot pursuit ensued and James was eventually apprehended, but not before a deputy had to deploy his taser. No charges were brought against the other two occupants of the vehicle.
Investigators say the weapon the suspect used to shoot at officers on Thursday night in Largo was recovered. At the time of this incident James was already on felony probation for a 2011 cocaine conviction out of Pinellas County.
Before Friday's arrest he was scheduled to remain on felony probation until November 2014.
Additional charges against James may be filed as the investigation continues.
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