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Florida Clerk Now Faces Murder Charges For Shooting Man Who Stole $36 Worth Of Beer

Mehedeun Hasan, from Lakeland, chased Rennie Defoe Jr. out of a Shell station and shot him through the window of a car, Polk County deputies said. 

By Jon Silman
Florida Police Release Footage of Gas Station Shooting

The Florida gas station clerk accused of shooting a man who stole $36 worth of Natural Ice beer is now facing murder charges, deputies said.

Rennie Defoe, Jr. died at a hospital in Lakeland on Saturday afternoon, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The clerk, Mehedeun Hasan, 22, who's seen on video shooting Defoe as he drove away from the store on the night of July 17, is now charged with second-degree murder.

Hasan and his father Q M Monsur Rahman, 61, co-own a Shell gas station and were behind the counter when Defoe walked in and brazenly stole three cases of beer. Defoe can be seen on surveillance footage simply walking out of the store in front of the men, ignoring them.

The video shows Hasan run offscreen briefly before reappearing with a 9-mm and pursuing Defoe outside.

Defoe casually tossed the beer into the passenger seat and got into his 2005 white Toyota Camry. Hasan ran up to the car and pointed the gun at the window.

Defoe put the car in reverse and was backing out of the parking space when Hasan fired, hitting Defoe in the shoulder area, according to WTVT in Tampa. Defoe drove away from the scene and crashed less than a mile away.

Hasan was originally charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and attempted second-degree murder. He’s being held without bail in the Polk County Jail, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Defoe has a lengthy prior criminal history including robbery, domestic battery and drug possession, deputies said.

[Photos: Polk County Sheriff's Office]

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