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U.S. Marshal Takes on Search for Wanted Gainesville Man, Larry Whitehead Jr.

By on July 15th, 2013
Larry Whitehead Junior

Larry Whitehead Jr.

Updated, 12:01 p.m.: Gainesville Police announce the United States Marshal’s Service has adopted the case and will be the primary agency in the search for Larry Whitehead Jr.

Updated, 10:31 a.m.:  Gainesville Police Public Information Officer Ben Tobias says the search for Larry Whitehead Jr. is still going on.

He said it looks like Whitehead and Hamilton may have been involved with the same woman. Tobias also said Whitehead is a known gang member.

Original story: Gainesville Police are looking for a man they say may be armed and dangerous following a shooting Sunday morning.

Police are trying to find Larry Whitehead Jr, 26. Witnesses at Southern Pines Apartments at 4124 SW 17th Place said Whitehead had forced his way into an apartment and confronted Samuel Hamilton, 37.

They got into an argument, and people at the scene say Whitehead pulled out a gun and shot Hamilton in the head. Whitehead then ran off. Hamilton was dead at the scene.

After police arrived and were told what had happened, they cordoned off two areas and brought in search dogs, but were unable to find Whitehead.

Police describe Whitehead as a black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 160 pounds.  Detectives said he has an extensive criminal history and is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

GPD said anyone knowing anything about Whitehead should call 911 immediately.


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