Pinellas, FL: Suspect Arrested After He Fights And Chokes Deputy
Pinellas Co., FL: On March 22, 2015 at approximately 2:23AM Deputy Jason Fineran was on patrol and observed a male riding a bicycle without lights in the area of 60th Street North and 137th Street North. Dep. Fineran exited his patrol vehicle and attempted to make contact with the subject, Justin McGirt, for the bicycle violation.
McGirt immediately tried to leave the area and ignored commands to speak with the deputy. In an attempt to keep McGirt from fleeing the area Dep. Fineran grabbed McGirt’s left hand. McGirt immediately struck the deputy with a closed fist causing a laceration above the deputy’s left eye. Dep. Fineran was able to radio for assistance and continued attempts to take McGirt into custody.
McGirt resisted violently and at one point in the altercation wrapped his inner thighs around the deputy’s neck reducing the deputy’s ability to breath. Upon the arrival of back up deputies it was necessary to deploy an electronic control weapon and use multiple deputies to take the suspect into custody.
Deputy Fineran was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Arrested for Attempted Homicide on Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest with Violence, Aggravated Battery on Law Enforcement Officer. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail.
His photo will be available once the booking process is complete.