Shooting suspect arrested in Seymour

Seymour police officers arrested a Florida man wanted on a charge of attempted murder.

Detective C.J. Foster said officers arrested Rion L. Schofield, 24, of St. Petersburg, about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at a motel on Seymour’s far east side.

Schofield was being sought in a shooting July 20 in a Largo, Florida, park that injured a 17-year-old boy, Foster said.

“We received anonymous information where he might be staying and went to look into the situation,” Foster said. “Ultimately, we were given information that he was out at one of the hotels.”

Foster said that, after receiving the tip, officers ran Schofield’s name through the National Crime Information Center database and learned he was wanted in Pinellas County, Florida, on a warrant for attempted murder.

According to Largo police reports, Schofield arrived at the Bayhead Recreation Complex on a bicycle around 7:30 p.m. July 20 and quarreled with a boy who was there with friends.

During the argument, Schofield displayed a gun before riding away and pointing the gun back toward the juveniles and firing multiple rounds, police said.

A 17-year-old was struck in the arm but suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police reports.

Schofield was located Wednesday outside the motel east of Interstate 65 and ran when approached by Officer Bart Bevers, Foster said.

“He ran into the motel and was ordered out of his room and taken into custody,” Foster said.

Foster said they don’t know why Schofield was staying in Seymour or if he had any connection to the area.

Schofield was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday and is being held pending extradition to Florida, Foster said.

No local charges were filed.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.