Hillsborough detectives seek info after ShotSpotter leads deputies to man who was shot, killed

Michael Jamar Bethel, 28, was found shot at 1603 143rd Ave. E

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help solving a homicide after a ShottSpotter alert led deputies to a man who was shot and killed early Thursday morning.

The ShotSpotter activation went off at 2:38 a.m. in the area of 1500 143rd Ave. E.

The ShotSpotter determined that 3 rounds had been fired in the area.

A 911 call was received about the shooting three minutes after the ShotSpotter alert went off.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found Michael Jamar Bethel, 28, injured from multiple gunshot wounds. He was found at 1603 143rd Ave. E and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Bethel was riding a bicycle when he was shot. They do not know if the shooting was random or if Bethel was targeted.

Detectives say he lives nearby.

Detectives are asking for anyone who has information that can help detectives to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

ShotSpotter is a device that can hear gunshots and notify authorities where a gun was fired.

Michael Jamar Bethel, 28, was found shot at 1603 143rd Ave. E

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