Victim: Michael Parhan
The accused: Paul McCummisky

Michael_Parhan

Michael Parhan

White male

Age at time: 39

Weapon: unarmed

 
Paul_McCummisky

Paul McCummisky

White male

Age at time: 42

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Argument over love interest

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Unclear

Case year:
2008

Location details: On a public street in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, on July 08, 2008

What happened: Paul McCummiskey and Michael Parham's friendship became strained when Parham divorced his wife and McCummiskey developed a friendship with her. Things came to a head when McCummiskey followed Parham one day and called him names. At one point, Parham reached into McCummiskey's car and grabbed his shirt, McCummiskey told police. That's when McCummiskey fired his gun, missing Parham.

The outcome: McCummiskey was charged with aggravated assault. A judge denied his self defense motion and he was sentenced to four years after being convicted by a jury.

Investigating agency: St. Petersburg Police

Case decision made by: Judge

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Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Pinellas County, Sept. 25, 2019.

Source: St. Petersburg Police Department, July 7, 2008.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013