Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-279

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 28, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Deputies Arrest Suspect In Park Shooting

    Suspect, Trevor Dooley, arrested and charged in the shooting death of David James.
    • Tuesday
    • September 28, 2010
    • Time: 3:35 PM
    • 3207 Partridge Point Trail
    • Valrico, FL


    Trevor E. Dooley
    DOB 12-12-40
    3207 Partridge Point Trail
    Valrico, FL

    Charges: Manslaughter with a Firearm
    Improper Exhibition of a Firearm
    Openly Carrying a Firearm


    David James
    DOB 08-09-69
    3119 Beaver Pond Trail
    Valrico, FL


    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Trevor Dooley at his residence on Tuesday at approximately 3:35 p.m. charging him with Manslaughter with a Firearm, Improper Exhibition of a Firearm and Openly Carrying a Firearm in connection with the September 26, 2010 death of David James.

    On September 26, 2010 at approximately 3:45 p.m., the victim, David James, and his 8-year-old daughter, were playing basketball within a neighborhood park located at the end of Partridge Point Trail in Valrico, Florida. At that time, another 14-year-old witness approached the victim and asked if he could ride his skateboard on the basketball court in which the victim was located. Once the victim agreed, the defendant observed these actions, exited from his residence armed with a firearm and told the 14-year-old juvenile that he was not allowed to ride his skateboard within the park area. The victim then told the defendant that there were no posted signs confirming his statements and that he told the witness it was ok to do so. At that point the defendant left the driveway of his residence, walked across Partridge Point Trail and approached the victim who remained positioned on the basketball court.

    Upon the approach of the defendant, the victim stepped off the edge of the basketball area and met the defendant in the grass located next to basketball area. The defendant continued to demand that there was no skateboarding on the basketball court and did so while displaying the handle of a firearm that was secured in the waistband of his pants. The firearm was then observed by a witness, who was playing tennis on an adjacent tennis court. After some conversation with the victim the suspect realized that the victim was not going to tell the 14-year-old juvenile to stop riding his skateboard on the court. The suspect directed profanity at the victim, turned and started to walk away from the victim. The victim then called out to the suspect, questioning his display of a firearm. The suspect turned and produced the firearm, when the victim lunged towards the suspect in an attempt to disarm him. As the two parties struggled over the firearm, they both fell to the ground where the firearm was discharged one time striking the victim in the chest. The victim told his 8-year-old daughter to call an ambulance and then suddenly collapsed from his injury. A witness ran to the aid of the victim and called 911 after the observed incident. The suspect remained at the scene and unloaded his firearm prior to the arrival of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by Emergency Medical Services. 

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