Hillsborough County Sheriff Shooting

Crash and Deadly Deputy-Involved Shooting in Riverview Overnight

RIVERVIEW, Fla. – Just after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, in the parking lot of the McDonalds on Bloomingdale Ave., Hillsborough County Street Crimes Deputies encountered a 27-year-old white male who had felony active warrants for his arrest. When confronted by Deputies, the man “punched the gas” of the pickup truck he was driving, down the embankment, crashing into a minivan on Bloomingdale Ave.

The suspect had a female passenger in his truck, who Deputies were able to assist to safety after the crash. Other Deputies on the scene, were trying to negotiate with the subject and render aid to the innocent driver of the minivan.

Sheriff Chad Chronister said, “As our Deputies are trying to negotiate with him, the suspect says he has a firearm, a gun, and makes that statement several times.”

Sheriff Chronister explained how the Deputies did a textbook job of trying to get the suspect to surrender and not to reach for the firearm that he said that he had.

“He kept saying, I have a gun,” said Chronister.

The Deputies pleaded with the man said Chronister, “Don’t make us do this. Please show us your hands.”

The suspect reached for the firearm, and deputies discharged their service firearms striking the man several times. The suspect was transported via medevac to Tampa General Hospital, but later died from injuries sustained.

The driver of the minivan was transported to a local hospital with chest pain, according to the Sheriff.

Sherriff Chronister noted that the suspect had an extensive criminal history that dates back to 2014. The suspect’s active warrant was for Grand Theft and Resisting Arrest. The suspect’s name was not released as next of kin had not yet been notified.

There were at least four deputies that discharged their firearms and none of the deputies were injured, according to Chronister.

FDLE was on the scene, as well as the State Attorney’s office to investigate the shooting Tuesday.

You can watch Sheriff Chad Chronister’s complete press briefing below.

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