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Tampa shooting draws entire police squad

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Authorities say Sergeant L. Houston was holding her squad's roll call near the Tampa Park Apartments when the officers heard several gun shots.  The entire squad responded to the location of Estelle Avenue and N. Scott Street in Tampa.  A witness gave officers a description of two cars involved in the shooting.  Corporal D. Croteau spotted one of the cars near N. 13th Street and E. 9th Avenue as it entered a parking garage.  Authorities say a person exited and fled into the garage.  Police established a perimeter of the garage and Sgt. C. Rodriguez's ROC Squad arrested the defendant. Police say a handgun used in the shooting was found.

Police say the shooting began during a verbal argument between the defendant and his mother. The defendant fired several rounds into the air while arguing with his mother and several bystanders intervened.  The defendant then fired several times in their direction striking an unoccupied-parked vehicle, as well as an occupied apartment located at 1710 Simon Court.  One of the bystanders, police say, returned fire at the defendant missing him.  No one was reported injured during the shooting.

The defendant, whose name has yet to be released, was charged with Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Shooting into an Unoccupied Conveyance, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Resist arrest without Violence, and Discharging a Firearm in Public.  The defendant is on probation for Aggravated Battery and his probation was violated.

 

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