TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa man has been charged in federal court on firearms charges after a shooting incident that happened in July 2022.
Thaddeus Timeaus Howard, 29, Tampa, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to statements made in court, on July 9, 2022, near the intersection of North Nebraska Avenue and East Fairbanks Street in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa, Howard fired approximately seven shots at his ex-girlfriend.
Surveillance video played during Howard’s arraignment showed an individual, whom prosecutors allege is Howard, fire multiple shots from a pistol.
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After firing the weapon, Howard entered his vehicle and chased his target who had fled in a car driven by her cousin.
That chase ended when Howard caused a multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of North Nebraska Avenue and East Broad Street after swerving in and out of oncoming traffic.
Howard fled the scene of that crash on foot and was apprehended by officers from the Tampa Police Department. Officers searched Howard after taking him into custody and located a pistol in the pocket of his jeans.
At the time of the incident, Howard had prior felony convictions for armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Federal law prohibits felons from possessing firearms or ammunition.
If convicted, Howard faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.