Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-332

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 3, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Suspect Shoots Deputy Three Times

    Deputy is recovering from her injuries.
    • Friday
    • September 30, 2011
    • Time: 10:22 PM
    • Inwood Park Apartments
    • 4747 West Waters Avenue
    • Tampa, FL

    Arrested:


    Matthew Lane Buendia
    DOB: 5/8/1987
    4747 W. Waters Avenue, Apt #706
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm (felony)
    • Battery by Strangulation (Domestic Violence)
    • Battery (Domestic Violence)
    • Tampering with a State Witness

    Victims:

    HCSO Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux
    Age 35
    5 year veteran
    Assigned to Uniformed Patrol District 3

    Jessica Gipson
    DOB: 5/03/1983
    4747 W. Waters Avenue, Apt #306
    Tampa, FL

    Details:

    On September 30, 2011 at 10:22 p.m. Deputy De Veaux responded to a 911 call at 4747 Waters Avenue. Deputy De Veaux made contact with Jessica Gipson and learned that she had been involved in a domestic disturbance with her boyfriend. Deputy De Veaux had put Gipson in the back of her patrol vehicle to speak with her, when she was confronted by the suspect, Matthew Buendia. Deputy De Veaux asked Buendia to step back. As Buendia stepped back, he pulled a firearm from beneath his shirt and fired upon Deputy De Veaux. Deputy De Veaux was struck three times.

    Deputy De Veaux called for backup which arrived within minutes. Meanwhile Buendia barricaded himself within his apartment. Deputies attempted to make contact with Buendia, but he did not respond. At approximately 3:30 a.m., Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies made entry into the apartment. The suspect was located unconscious in a small closet near one of the apartment bedrooms. Buendia was treated and released from Tampa General Hospital and has been booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

    Deputy De Veaux is recovering and in good condition.
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