Gun-wielding man shot by Tampa police dies at hospital

Hillsborough County

TAMPA (WFLA) – A man is dead after being shot by Tampa police officers who say he pointed a gun at them and another woman on Thanksgiving.

Tampa police received a “shots heard” call on East Flora Street just before 2 p.m. Thursday. They say another call came in for a armed man in a backyard on East Cluster Avenue.

Two officers responded to the scene and say witnesses told them a man was in a shed arguing with a woman. One of the witnesses told officers the two were arguing as if the woman was trying to get the gun away from the man.

According to the police department, one of the officers approached the entrance to the shed and saw 30-year-old Derrick Everett armed with a handgun. The officer ordered him to drop the gun but police say he didn’t listen and instead, pointed the gun at the woman.

The officer then fired at Everett in defense of the woman, the police department says. At that point, police say Everett pointed his gun toward the officer, who continued to fire at him. The second officer also started firing at Everett, a department spokesperson says.

After Everett was hit, both officers immediately started rendering aid. Tampa Fire Rescue eventually arrived to bring Everett to the hospital.

According to police, the 30-year-old died at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Neither officer involved was injured. The woman who was with Everett was also unharmed.

Police say Everett’s gun was recovered from the floor of the shed.

Both officers involved are now on administrative leave, per standard protocol.

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