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Man Involved in Dunedin Incident Charged With Attempted Murder

Pinellas County deputies charged a man involved in barricading himself in a Dunedin residence with attempted murder.

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office have charged a Clearwater man with attempted murder after he was apprehended in Dunedin earlier today.

Per police reports, Martez Allen, 23, of 1008 Pinellas St. in Clearwater, had a domestic dispute last night with his girlfriend, Ashley Cawart, 26. The two share the same residence.

During the dispute, Allen called Cawart and threatened to kill her over a recent breakup. When Cawart arrived home, Allen began shooting at her vehicle. Allen then dragged Cawart out of her vehicle and shot at her at point-blank range.

All of the gunshots missed Cawart.

Police allege Allen then took Cawart's car, fleeing the scene. Cawart's car was later found abandoned near the area of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. and Woodlawn Ave. in Dunedin. Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies found Allen at 1129 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. in Dunedin. Negotiators were able to coax Allen out of the house without incident.

The suspect is currently in the Pinellas County jail.  

Allen also spent more than three years in prison for cocaine possession, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

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