Deputy-Involved Shooting (PCSO)

Suspect Who Fired On Deputies In Zephyrhills, Found Dead From Self-Inflicted Wound

Deputy-Involved Shooting (PCSO)
Deputy-Involved Shooting (PCSO)

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Pasco Sheriff’s Office provided an update on a deputy-involved shooting that occurred this morning in the Ruth Ave. area of Zephyrhills.

Around 6:45 a.m., Pasco Sheriff’s deputies were called to assist the joint U.S. Marshals Service with a warrant service on a subject that is involved in a homicide investigation. The subject is identified as Alfredo Rodriguez, 31.

Around 7:25 a.m., U.S. Marshals Service Task Force members entered the home. Once inside the home, Rodriguez fired at law enforcement.

A Tampa Police Department officer, who is part of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, returned fire.

Members of the task force took up a tactical position after that. PSO patrol deputies then arrived on the scene to provide additional assistance. At that time, Rodriguez fired shots at arriving deputies through a window, and one PSO patrol deputy returned fire. 

No law enforcement officers were injured during this shooting. PSO specialty units then responded to the scene to assist.

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Over the course of several hours, Rodriquez continued to fire at law enforcement outside the home periodically, investigators say.

After communications over several hours, PSO specialty units enter the room where Rodriguez was and found him deceased. Through the investigation, preliminary information indicates that Rodriguez died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Per PSO policy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the deputy-involved shooting. This is an ongoing investigation.

Rodriguez is a convicted felon with a violent history, and again, is currently involved in a homicide investigation in Hernando County. Rodriguez also has active warrants out of Hillsborough and Pasco counties for grand theft and criminal mischief. Rodriguez was released from the custody of the Department of Corrections in Sept. 2023.

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