Hillsborough deputies shoot, kill armed suspect in Thonotosassa

Hillsborough deputy-involved shooting

THONOTOSASSA, Fla. (WFLA) – Two Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies shot and killed a male who investigators say pointed a gun at the deputies outside a large Thonotosassa home on Tuesday afternoon.

The deputies were responding to a 911 disturbance call at 11000 Smoken Gun Dr. shortly before 4 p.m. and had just pulled off the road when they were confronted by a male with a gun. The male pointed the gun at the deputies, who shot him, according to a HCSO spokesperson.

The deputies were not injured during the incident.

Deputies later entered the home and found the body of a male, who has not been identified. The HCSO is in the process of securing a search warrant so detectives can re-enter the home.

The home appears to be very large and is set back from the road. A fence borders the front of the property. Shortly after the shooting, Eagle 8 flew over the scene. Photojournalist Paul Lamison was in Eagle 8 and reported that a tarp-covered body was near a truck at the entrance to the home, shortly after the shooting. Many evidence markers had been placed near the deputies’ cruiser.

The names of the deceased have not been released. A neighbor was the person who called 911 about a disturbance at the home.

Involved in the shooting were HCSO Deputy Mark Barnwell, age 52, who has been with HCSO for 29 years, and HCSO Master Deputy Izzy Roquemore, age 45, who is a community resource deputy who has been with HCSO for 15 years.

Neither deputy has been involved in a shooting before. Both deputies are on routine paid administrative leave.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and entered the residence around 9:30 p.m. Stay with WFLA.com for updates about this developing story.


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