Man involved in Riverview shooting identified

RIVERVIEW, FL (WFLA) – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an incident where two deputies shot a man Sunday morning in Riverview.

The shooting happened after 1:15 a.m. at 9525 Grovedale Drive,  according to HCSO Public Information Officer Larry McKinnon. McKinnon says deputies were responding to a domestic dispute call.

While deputies were interviewing the woman, Krista Kariema Wong, 24, inside her apartment, her mother arrived and told them that Wong’s boyfriend Jamil Alejandro Valladares, 26, was outside in the parking lot.

McKinnon said two uniformed deputies, Deputy Austin O’Neill, and Deputy Joshua Berrios found Valladares next to his car, a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer, which had just returned to the parking lot. Valladares started backing up and “got verbally aggressive,” according to HCSO.

He pulled a semi-automatic handgun out of his shorts pocket and raised it up, according to the incident report. The deputies “were in fear for their lives,” they drew their weapons and fired, striking the man at least once, according to HCSO. His car was hit several times, its rear window was broken, it got numerous bullet holes and a flat tire.

Valladares’ gun was recovered next to him. It was a Smith & Wesson, SW40VE .40 caliber.  Two spent .40 caliber shell casings were located near the handgun, according to HCSO.

Hillsborough County paramedics transported Valladares to a hospital. The deputies involved were not injured and have been placed on paid administrative leave, McKinnon reported. Deputy Austin O’Neill is 26, he’s been with the office for 2 years, Deputy Joshua Berrios is 29 years old, he’s been with HCSO for 6 months.

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