Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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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 : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8094

    Accidental Death Investigation

    A well-known Ruskin pastor died Saturday following an apparent accidental shooting at his home.
    • Saturday
    • February 19, 2011
    • Time: 4:50 PM
    • 2407 West Ravine Drive
    • Ruskin, Florida


    Bartha, John (Deceased)
    DOB: 04-04-1946
    2407 West Ravine Drive
    Ruskin, Florida


    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.
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