Man arrested in stray-bullet death of Tampa woman appears in court


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)—The young man accused of firing the stray bullet that killed a Tampa woman in June made his first appearance in court on Saturday morning.

At the hearing in Hillsborough County, the State Attorney’s Office requested three days to file a motion for pre-trial detention, which was granted.

This means Warren will be held without bond until his next court hearing, which is on Tuesday.

Tyrell Rashard Warren, 19, is charged with second-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm. The shooting took place in June near the Central Court apartments on Columbus Drive.

According to TPD, they responded to a report of a gunfire at that location on June 23. They found a large crowd gathering in the parking lot and started working to determine who may have been firing guns.


About 90 feet away, Maria Rivera-Contreras was in the back seat of a car with her 9-year-old nephew and 16-year-old niece. She had just delivered food to a friend. The car was backing out of the driveway when the woman was struck by the stray bullet.

Her brother Victor Rivera took her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead there.

Friday afternoon, Tampa Police detectives confirmed that Tyrell Rashard Warren and another teen were having an argument and the guns were drawn. Warren was shooting at the direction of his opponent when his bullet killed Rivera-Contreras.

He has several prior arrests in Hillsborough County, including drug possession, carrying concealed weapon without a permit, aggravated assault on a security guard, armed burglary and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon among other charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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