A PCSO deputy sheriff on patrol Saturday morning, June 23rd, saw graffiti spray painted on 2 businesses in downtown Fort Meade. One business is vacant and being renovated, the other is “Southern Posh.” Both are located on West Broadway Street. PCSO responded back and confirmed it was removed/painted over. Another Deputy saw graffiti on two stop signs on 3rd Street. Both signs were removed and replaced. PCSO is investigating each of these incidents. If anyone has any information about these crimes please contact Polk County Sheriff Office.
Please make sure to avoid hwy 17 near dollar store. Area under water and traffic being rerouted.
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UPDATE to shooting investigation in Fort Meade:
According to witnesses, 30-year-old Calvin Johnson of Ft. Meade could be heard yelling at 40-year-old Charles Peddycoart and his girlfriend about Johnson’s missing dog. Johnson repeatedly accused the couple of stealing his pit bull.
According to the investigation, the couple had earlier walked to a nearby Dollar General store, and a pit bull began following them. Despite attempts by them to shoo the dog away, the dog continued to follow. When they left the store, the dog was no longer around. The couple returned to their house. Peddycoart’s girlfriend was approached by Johnson who asked if she had seen a couple walking with a dog, to which she replied “no.” As she entered the home, she realized Johnson might have been asking about them, so she went down the road to Johnson and told him about the dog following them. She told investigators that Johnson became irate with her, because she didn’t return his dog. She said she didn’t know who owned the dog, which had no tags or collar. Johnson sped away in his car, leaving the woman feeling uneasy about his behavior toward her.
A short time later, Johnson returned to the home, and knocked on the door. Peddycoart and his girlfriend stepped outside, and saw that 18-year-old Edward Burgess and 30-year-old Teconsa McDonald were also on the porch. Johnson began yelling immediately at the couple, whose backs were against the door, accusing the couple of stealing his dog, which they denied. Johnson made threats to the couple and witnesses reported that the three men were right up in the couple’s face on the porch, plus as many as five more people in the front yard.
Peddycoart warned the men to leave and that he had a gun. Johnson said, I don’t care about that gun! Following the warning, they continued to threaten the couple and shots were fired.
Neither Peddycoart or his girlfriend knew the three men and have had no previous interactions with them.
There are still witnesses to talk to and more information to be gathered, and the investigation is underway.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Ft. Meade that occurred at about 6:42 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, which left one person dead, and two others injured. The shooter is being interviewed by detectives.
Deceased is 22-year-old Teconsa Tyree McDonald. The two Injured men have been identified as Calvin Johnson, 30, and Edwin Burgess, 18. All three men are believed to have resided at 121 3rd St SW.
The shooter has been identified as 48-year-old Charles Peddycoart, who resides at 413 3rd Street SW, Ft. Meade, where the shooting occurred.
The preliminary information, which could change as the investigation progresses, suggests that Mcdonald, Johnson, and Burgess were looking for their dog, and knocked on Peddycoart’s front door. After opening the door, an argument ensued, and Peddycoart shot all three men in the area of the front porch.
McDonald died on scene, and the injured men were transported to an area hospital for surgery, with gunshot wounds to the torso. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
This is an ongoing investigation, and as more information becomes available, we will update..
In response to your inquiries, PCSO is conducting a shooting investigation in Fort Meade this evening. There are 3 confirmed victims, and the shooter is in custody.
The incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. this evening, Monday, June 18th, in the 400 block of 3rd Street SW, nearest cross street, Palmetto Street South.