Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First homicide of '10 ends Palmetto's lucky streak (UPDATED)

A record 27 people were victims of homicide in Manatee County last year, but not one of them was killed within the city limits of Palmetto.

That streak of good luck for Palmetto police ended this morning with the discovery of a man's body in an industrial park off U.S. 301.

In a news release this morning, police said John Carl Ruger, 44, of Bradenton had been shot to death.

His slaying is the first homicide within Palmetto's city limits since the Nov. 26, 2008, when Miguel Hernandez-Gomez was found shot to death behind a gas station in 700 block of Ninth Street West. No arrests have been made in that case.

The case is the first homicide of 2010 in Manatee County. Last year, the first homicide in the county occurred Jan. 5.

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