David Gee, Sheriff
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Release Number: 11-058
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- February 22, 2011
- Contact Person:
- Detective Larry McKinnon : email@example.com
Accidental Death Investigation
A well-known Ruskin pastor died Saturday following an apparent accidental shooting at his home.
- February 19, 2011
- Time: 4:50 PM
- 2407 West Ravine Drive
- Ruskin, Florida
Bartha, John (Deceased)
2407 West Ravine Drive
HCSO deputies are continuing the investigation into the death of John Bertha following what appeared to be an accidental shooting.
At 4:50 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received a call from 2407 West Ravine Drive about a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found Bartha deceased with a single gunshot wound to his chest. The preliminarily investigation indicates that Bartha accidently shot himself while handling a gun.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will release the official cause of death which may take several days. Detectives do not suspect foul play.
John Bartha was a Pastor at the Ruskin United Methodist Church in Ruskin, Florida.