Tampa man shot, killed day after birthday; Girlfriend’s son being questioned

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Detectives located a 22-year-old man who could have information about a homicide at an apartment complex in Carrollwood.

Deputies grabbed the son of the victim’s girlfriend when he ran out the back door of the apartment at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Col. Donna Lusczynski said. They had used SWAT and a crisis negotiating team to lure him outside.

Tyler Bardin, 22, had been in the apartment that he lives in with his mom and her boyfriend, Brian Vessell.

Vessell just celebrated his 46th birthday on Wednesday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 1:43 a.m. about an argument that was taking place inside an apartment at 3811 N. Cortez Circle in Tampa.

When deputies arrived, they found Vessell dead outside the apartment entrance. Investigators said he was shot multiple times.

Detectives checked the victim’s apartment and found the victim’s girlfriend. She was unharmed.

Detectives determined that this was not a random incident. They believe the shooting may the result of a domestic altercation.


Vessell has been arrested at least 10 times in Hillsborough County, with his first arrest 20 years ago.

Homicide detectives are processing the crime scene and conducting interviews. They say there have been domestic related 911 calls at the apartment in the past.  Detectives are also trying to figure out where the victim’s girlfriend was at the time of the shooting.

At this time, Tyler Bardin has not been charged with any criminal violations pending further investigation and a full review of the circumstances by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office.

Bardin’s attorney, Ty Trayner told News Channel 8 that Bardin moved in to protect his mother from being beaten by her boyfriend.

Trayner would not comment further on whether the shooting was possibly a result of self-defense.

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