A 16-year-old is in custody following a fatal shooting in Brandon on Tuesday night, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

16-Year-Old In Custody On Murder Charges After Shooting Death In Brandon Overnight

A 16-year-old is in custody following a fatal shooting in Brandon on Tuesday night, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Justin Baldera, 16

BRANDON, Fla. – A 16-year-old is in custody following a fatal shooting in Brandon on Tuesday night, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 200 block of Harmony Lane in Brandon just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, in reference to shots fired.

When deputies arrived, they found an adult male victim who suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Throughout the course of the investigation, deputies learned a verbal altercation took place between the suspect and the victim prior to the shooting. The two are known to each other, deputies say.

The suspect, Justin Baldera, 16, was later located and taken into custody without incident. He faces a charge of Murder In The First Degree Premeditated Firearm – Great Bodily Harm/Death.

“Fortunately, our deputies were able to quickly track this suspect down after he fled the scene knowing he took a life,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “No argument should ever result in the loss of life. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family.”

Baldera has a criminal history in Hillsborough County that includes charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Loitering and Prowling, Burglary, and Grand Theft Auto.

He had been taking GED classes at Brandon Adult School, according to HCSO.

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