St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: 2020-019532
Date of original release: 05-28-20

Shooting Investigation

Update on 06-10-20

Joshua S. Pilley Jr. (DOB 01/31/2001) was arrested on June 9th for the shooting death of 22-year-old Owen Melin last month. Melin was shot and killed during a home invasion, while he was visiting friends at 458 4th Ave South, on May 27th, 2020.

Pilley Jr. faces one felony murder charge. However, detectives believe that he did not act alone, so we are looking for information on additional suspects that may have been involved.

The family is offering a reward until September 10th, 2020 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. If you know anything about the home invasion, or the people involved, please call our non-emergency phone line at 727-893-7780.

Joshua Pilley Jr.

Joshua Pilley Jr.

Original release from 05-28-20

The victim in last night’s (05-27-20) shooting has been identified as St. Petersburg resident, Owen Melin (DOB 08/17/1997).

Melin was visiting friends at 458 4th Ave. South when a home invasion occurred, and he was shot. Detective do not believe this was a random act.

The investigation into the home invasion and shooting is ongoing, and investigators are asking anyone with information to call our non-emergency line at 727-893-7780 or send an anonymous message by texting “SPPD” and the tip to TIP-411.

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer