Largo Police arrest 19-year-old Jared Compton for First Degree Murder

Posted at 2:43 AM, Jan 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-02 18:07:17-05

Police arrested an 19-year-old Largo man on a murder charge after a man died on New Year's Eve.

Sunstar EMS personnel responded to 616 Rosery Rd NW in Largo to treat an injured person. Quade Gifford died at the scene. Paramedics reported that Gifford suffered obvious trauma and called for police to respond.

Largo officers arrived at approximately 11:30 p.m. and began an investigation. Police identified Jared Compton as a suspect in Gifford's death.

Homicide detectives located Compton on Sunday. The teenager was brought to the Largo Police Department for questioning. Authorities say Compton implicated himself as the person responsible for the murder of Gifford while being interrogated.

According to Compton's arrest report, Compton told police he went to the apartment with a gun and Halloween mask and confronted Gifford about his involvement with his ex-girlfriend. 

The two got into a fight and during the struggle, Compton told police he shot Gifford several times. 

He then took off to another home where he confessed to someone there and burned his clothes. 

Officers arrested Compton on a charge of First Degree Murder and took him to the Pinellas County Jail,

Largo Police report Gifford's murder is an active investigation.