RIVERVIEW, Fla. – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of two men that occurred inside a Riverview apartment, in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
On Monday at approximately 7:30 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 6000 block of Cypressdale Drive, after a caller said his friend FaceTimed him and stated he killed a man who he described as his partner.
Deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect, Keith Jackson, 30, but he refused to exit the residence. In response, HCSO’s SWAT Team was activated and crisis negotiators continued de-escalation efforts.
At 12:56 p.m., fire was observed from the back of the residence.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the scene and two deceased adult males were discovered inside the apartment. The victim is an adult, black male in his late twenties to early thirties.
“We are saddened by the violence displayed today by the suspect, and the loss of life,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
“Our team made every attempt to get the suspect to surrender peacefully. Despite the outcome, we witnessed a phenomenal display of patience and professionalism from the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office who worked this incident for several hours, as well as the Hillsborough County firefighters who extinguished the fire as rapidly as possible to prevent any danger or risk to the public.”
Detectives have obtained a search warrant and are currently processing the scene.
We will update this story as details are released.
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