Williston man fatally shot; sheriff turns to public for info

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By The Staff

A shooting that left a Williston man dead last Saturday is still under investigation as authorities look to the public for information on who pulled the trigger that killed Leo Rives, 31.

According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in around 10:20 p.m. July 5. The caller reported a suspicious vehicle and a possible shooting.

Deputies and officers from the Williston Police Department responded to the scene at the intersection of NE 218 Avenue and NE 35 Street, east of the city.

There, law enforcement officers found a white Ford Crown Victoria parked on the roadway and Rives on the ground beside the vehicle. The car was still running and the front driver and passenger doors were open, according to sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

Officers discovered that Rives had sustained a gunshot wound and was dead when they arrived.

The weapon used in the shooting was not recovered and Tummond refused to say whether Rives had a weapon.

 Tummond said the public's help is needed to solve the shooting. As of Monday, more than 250 hours have been devoted to the investigation, Tummond said, and there is still no suspect.

 “That's why we're so adamant that the public needs to help us on this one,” Tummond said. “We're still trying to gather information as we can, but no one has come forward with solid information.”

Tummond said Rives resided in East Williston and has relatives in the area.

“We are running slim on information on our shooter,” Tummond said. “We need somebody that knows what is going to offer us information that will lead us to the suspect and make an arrest.”

Tummond added, “We don't know what they're scared of but they are reluctant to give whatever information they have.”

Rives was convicted and sentenced in Levy County court in 2012 to three years on two charges dating to 2009 of selling a substance as illegal drugs. He was released in November 2013. He also has prior convictions for burglary, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.

Tummond said the bottom line is: “We still have somebody on the loose who has murdered this man. That person knows they have committed murder and knowing they are scared, if cornered they could hurt somebody else.”

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call LCSO at 352-486-5111 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-349-8477.