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Man Brandishing Firearm At Tampa Truck Stop Accidentally Shoots Himself

One person was injured Saturday night after a firearm accidentally discharged in the parking lot of The Tampa Truck Stop.

TAMPA, Fla. – One person was injured Saturday night after a firearm accidentally discharged in the parking lot of The Tampa Truck Stop.

Just before 8 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to the truck stop located at 6503 North US Highway 301 in Tampa about a suspicious person who was brandishing a firearm.

When deputies arrived, they attempted to apprehend the suspect, who refused to comply with their commands.

While trying to detain the suspect, the firearm was inadvertently discharged.

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“Anytime our deputies respond to a potential active shooter situation, the top priority is to ensure the safety of every person in the area,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “When deputies arrived on the scene, they quickly took the suspect into custody and during this process, the suspect’s firearm discharged. This suspect not only put himself in harm’s way but also our deputies and our community. We are grateful that no innocent bystanders were hurt.”

FDLE will be investigating the shooting.

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