Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-066

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 21, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Firearm And Toy Gun Prompt Security Stoppage At Hillsborough County Courthouse

    Two separate incidents caused brief closures Monday morning.
    • Monday
    • February 20, 2012
    • Time: 7:50 AM
    • Edgecomb Courthouse
    • 800 E. Twiggs Street
    • Tampa, FL


    Separate incidents involving a firearm and a toy pistol caused brief closures of the security screening processes at the Edgecomb Courthouse Monday morning, February 20.

    In the first incident, Michael Joseph Cardoso, Age 40, of Tampa, was issued a Notice to Appear after screeners from G4S Security detected a loaded Kel Tec .32 caliber pistol in a backpack he submitted for screening. The incident took place at the main entrance to the court complex at approximately 7:50 a.m. and triggered an immediate shutdown of screening services as deputies responded to seal the area. Cardoso was cooperative and told deputies he possessed a concealed weapons permit and forgot the gun was in his bag. Cardoso was issued a Notice to Appear on a misdemeanor charge of Carrying a Concealed Firearm in a Place of Nuisance (Florida Statute 790.06 (12)). Cardoso’s firearm was impounded and he was released at the scene.

    Approximately 90 minutes later a second stoppage occurred when a man approached screeners and surrendered a toy gun he realized was in his possession as he neared the x-ray machines. Deputies seized the replica weapon and allowed the man to proceed. The Sheriff’s Office is not identifying the individual since no charges will be filed.

    The pictures depict the toy gun and the seized weapon.


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