Dwann D. Ross Jr.

Shooting at Colonial Plaza in Inverness Leaves One Dead in Citrus County

On May 28, 2024, deputies from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a shooting at Colonial Plaza in Inverness. The incident occurred in the parking lot, where deputies found 33-year-old Traske C. Johnson with multiple gunshot wounds. Johnson was transported to a local hospital, but despite immediate lifesaving efforts, he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect, 35-year-old Dwann D. Ross Jr., was present at the scene and was quickly detained by deputies. Investigations revealed that Johnson and Ross, who operated separate businesses within Colonial Plaza, had been involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation, Ross retrieved a handgun and shot Johnson multiple times.

Sheriff Mike Prendergast praised the swift response of the patrol deputies, stating, “Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies reacted quickly to this shooting to ensure the safety of numerous citizens that were in Colonial Plaza this morning. They were able to assess the scene, detain the suspect, and arrange medical treatment for the victim, who unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.”

The CCSO Criminal Investigations Division is working with the Fifth Judicial Circuit to pursue justice for Johnson. Ross was arrested for Second Degree Murder and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where he will be held without bond. Sheriff Prendergast extended his condolences to Johnson’s family and the community affected by the violence.

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