Police say the man found dead in a St. Pete alley had been shot by the person he was trying to rob during a drug deal.
The body of Carlos Green was found Monday morning in the alley behind 1610 27th Street S. The evening before, detectives say, he had tried to rob several people at gunpoint in the area of Fairfield Avenue S and 29th Street S.
However, one of the would-be victims was also armed. Police say Aaron McKenzie fired at Green in self-defense, hitting him at least twice in the head and neck area.
Green died at the scene, investigators believe, but since the shooting happened during a drug deal, detectives said McKenzie and the other decided not to call police and instead dumped Green's body in the alley.
After allegedly dumping the body, McKenzie nearly drove into a St. Petersburg police cruiser before crashing. After a short foot chase and struggle -- during which Officer Ryan Larson's hand was broken -- McKenzie was Tasered and arrested.
But it wasn't until Green's body was found that detectives began putting the whole chain of events together. And while McKenzie faces several charges related to the struggle before his arrest, he may not face charges for Green's death.
"At this time it does appear that Green's death maybe be classified as a justifiable homicide," a St. Pete police spokesman said. "Detectives will be consulting with the Pinellas/Pasco State Attorney's Office on any potential charges that may stem from this incident."
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