24-year-old North Sarasota resident charged with aggravated battery after Aug. 15 shooting

Victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Police Department reports

Daevaun M. Corbert. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

A 24-year-old Sarasota resident has been charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon following a shooting that occurred just before midnight on Aug. 15 at 5233 N. Tamiami Trail, the Sarasota Police Department has reported.

Daevaun Malik Corbert of 5233 N. Tamiami Trail, Unit 2, who was arrested on Aug. 16, remained in the Sarasota County Jail without bond the following day, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division records showed. His case information listed him as unemployed.

Corbert is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 24, the arrest record noted.

“The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive,” Genevieve Judge, the Police Department’s public information officer, pointed out in a news release.

The victim was not identified in the news release or in the formal Police Department report.

At approximately 11:52 p.m. on Aug. 15, the formal Police Department report said, officers were called to the North Tamiami Trail address after receiving notification that a shooting had occurred.

They found the victim with three gunshot wounds, lying in the grass behind the apartment complex, the report added. One wound was in his upper left abdominal area, one was in his left hand, and one was in his upper left thigh; he had a shattered femur, the report pointed out.

The officers located Corbert nearby, the report added. After he was arrested, the report continued, Corbert told the officers that the firearm, a 9mm handgun, was outside his apartment, near the front door. “He stated, ‘It’s my gun,’” adding that he would explain the situation to them, the report noted.

A witness told officers that Corbert and the victim were arguing in the grassy area outside the apartment complex, the report said. “The witness stated that the two subjects squared off with each other like they were going to fight, and Corbert walked back to his apartment, with [the victim] swinging at him and missing,” the report added.

This is a section of the apartment complex located at 5233 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Image from Google Maps

The witness then told the officers that Corbert came out of his apartment and fired multiple shots at the victim.

Another witness reported hearing three shots while he was seated in his apartment, the report noted. That witness saw Corbert “pacing back and forth with a firearm in his hand” after the witness went outside, the report said.

“It’s believed the two men were arguing and fighting over noise in the apartment complex,” Judge wrote in the news release.
Corbet was transported to the Sarasota County Jail without incident, the release said.

During a search of 12th Judicial Circuit Court records, The Sarasota News Leader found that, on June 26, Corbert was cited for driving while his license was suspended or revoked. The civil fine for that offense is $166, the citation noted. Additionally, his vehicle registration had expired on Feb. 25, 2020, the citation said.

On Aug. 5, the Office of the Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller sent him a notice about the fact that no payment had yet been received in that case. Therefore, that document explained, state law necessitated the addition of $23 in late fees, bringing the total he owed the court to $183.

An aerial map shows the location of 5233 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, marked by the red balloon. Image from Google Maps

The News Leader also found that, on Dec. 27, 2020, Corbert was cited for running a red light at the intersection of U.S. 41 and University Parkway. That incident occurred on June 2, 2020, the document said; it was recorded by a camera installed at that site to detect red light violations.

The fine in that case was $264, the citation noted.

On Jan. 11, the Clerk of Court’s office sent Corbert a reminder about the fact that that fee was unpaid, so a $23 late charge had been added. Court records also show that that case was sent to a collections agency on April 7.

Anyone with information on the Aug. 15 shooting case is asked to call Detective Ross Revill or Detective Dominic Harris at 941-263-6070, leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS, or going online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.