A man authorities say is responsible for the shooting death of a Largo man was tracked down and arrested at his home in Orlando last week and is due to be returned to Pinellas County to face charges.
Deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say Jesse Cairo Jr. of Largo and Dale Eugene Washington II of Orlando spent an evening at two adult nightclubs in Clearwater in the company of two females whose identities are not yet known. Alleging that both men were engaged in the illicit drug trade, investigators say that the group returned to Cairo’s residence and eventually became embroiled in an argument.
Though the two females ultimately departed the residence, police say Washington remained at Cairo’s home to continue the disagreement. They say the men’s difference of opinion escalated when Cairo produced a firearm he recently purchased.
Investigators have yet to flesh out the details, but they say they are confident that the 22-year-old Washington mortally wounded the 22-year-old Cairo with his own pistol. Cairo was transported to Largo Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.
Tipped off by a witness who described Washington’s “obnoxious” vehicle, he was subsequently traced back to his home in Orlando and arrested. Upon his arrest officers allegedly discovered the murder weapon and a significant quantity of cannabis packaged for sale.
Washington, who has a record of several prior arrests for both misdemeanors and felonies, was taken into custody in Orange County and charged with second-degree murder. His bail was set at $500,000.