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Home invasion leaves one suspect dead in Port Charlotte

Posted at 12:35 AM, May 25, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-26 10:57:15-04

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) says one suspect is dead and another is in the hospital following a home invasion in Port Charlotte.

CCSO says 18-year-old Leah Jenness, 25-year-old neighbor Ethan Maaske and an unidentified 17-year-old boy were arrested for the Wednesday night home invasion on Beverly Avenue, near Olean and Conway Boulevards.

Around 11 p.m. CCSO was alerted to a home invasion and within moments of arriving on the scene, they found a wounded male laying on the road.

CCSO says four individuals were involved in the home invasion and one person was taken to the hospital for multiple gunshot wounds.

One suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. Another suspect is currently in critical condition and receiving medical treatment.

Deputies say two people were charged in relation to the home invasion. Additional charges are expected.

  • Saleef Stevenson: Home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon.
  • Leah Kirsten Jenness: Accessory after the fact of 1st-degree felony and Aggravated battery/person using a deadly weapon.

CCSO says a neighbor became involved in the incident on Felton Avenue and is being charged with the following:

  • Ethan Maaske: Aggravated battery/person uses a deadly weapon

According to CCSO during the home invasion, two dogs were shot and were taken to the animal hospital. Unfortunately one of the dogs has died due to injuries.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident should contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-2101 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.