MANATEE COUNTY – The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an 18-year-old man suspected of murdering a man in his car in Palmetto Sunday night.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday night at about 11 p.m., Jacoryan Christian Lee, 18, approached a vehicle and began an argument with Tommy Brown Jr., 26, in the 900 block of 21st Street East.
The argument continued as Lee got into the back seat of the car, where Lee fatally shot Brown and then fled the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives identified Lee as the gunman and obtained an arrest warrant.
Brown played football at Manatee High School as a defensive lineman. His former football coach, Steve Goulash, says Brown had a kind personality.
“Big kid loved everybody, and everybody dragged him right to me because of his size and said you need to get this kid on the field. He had a very big heart and for little as he when he was younger which was basically not much of anything. He was so proud to take on a new challenge.”
Goulash says Brown leaves behind a five–year–old son.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.