Suncoast father facing drug and weapon charges after his son (12-year-old) shot himself in the head


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Suncoast father facing drug and weapon charges after his son (12-year-old) shot himself in the head

UPDATE: (02/07/2019)


After responding to a Shooting with Serious Injury ( Self-inflicted / Juvenile) at the listed address, detectives discovered evidence of a Synthetic Marijuana (Spice) Manufacturing Operation.


Further investigations, one by Crimes Against Children, and the other by Narcotics Detectives led to the arrest of Haithan S. Suleiman (DOB:  02/27/1977) on multiple charges.


He is charged with:

Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Possession of a Residence to Manufacture a Controlled Substance

Trafficking in Synthetic Cannabinoids

Possession of Marijuana

Possession of Paraphernalia


Haithan S. Suleiman was arrested without incident on 02/06/2019 and booked at the Manatee County Jail.


Charges are also pending for the child’s mother. More on that later.


The 12 year-old boy has been hospitalized since 01/19/19. His condition has improved, but he is still receiving medical treatment. It is still unknown if he shot himself accidentally or intentionally.


Both investigations are on-going.




Case Number: 2019-000822

Incident Type: SHOOTING WITH SERIOUS INJURY (JUVENILE)      Business/Subdivision: @ Harrison Ranch

Location:  4727 100th Drive E. Parrish, Florida       Zone: N30

Victim(s):  (Juvenile) Race/Sex: W/M    Victim(s) D.O.B:  04/28/2006 (12 YOA)

Other:  R.P. Haithan S. Suleiman (Father)     Race/Sex: W/M    Other D.O.B:  02/27/1977

At around 3:30 pm (01/09/2019) Haithan (father) and his 12 year old son were sitting on the couch in the living room of their residence working on the boy’s homework. At one point the boy got up from the couch and went into his bedroom. A short time later Haithan heard a pop and went to investigate. After checking the garage Haithan located his son in his bedroom with a probable gunshot wound to his head. The parents called 911 and were instructed on how to initiate C.P.R.

E.M.S. arrived on scene quickly initiating an Aeromed response. The victim was airlifted to Bayfront Hospital as a trauma alert. At the time of transport the victim had a weak pulse and was breathing. Detectives, Crime Scene and a Victim Advocate responded to the scene to continue the investigation.