Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-455

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 26, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Son Shoots Father

    Detectives investigate domestic related shooting.
    • Saturday
    • November 24, 2012
    • Time: 10:15 PM
    • 7427 Burnt Barn Avenue
    • Plant City


    Channing Thorpe
    DOB: 1-24-95
    7427 Burnt Barn Avenue


    Christopher Thorpe
    DOB: 5-29-76
    7427 Burnt Barn Avenue


    Jill Thorpe
    DOB: 10-28-77
    7427 Burnt Barn Avenue


    At approximately 10:15 p.m. on November 24, 2012 Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from the residence at 7427 Burnt Barn Avenue in reference to a shooting that had just taken place. The 17 year old shooter placed the call. When deputies arrived they discovered Christopher Thorpe deceased in the master bedroom.

    Investigation revealed that all the family members (father, mother, son and grandmother) along with two friends had been outside the residence around a bonfire when, Jill Thorpe went inside the residence and was followed by her husband, Christopher Thorpe. Once inside the residence they got into a verbal altercation which turned physical when Christopher began beating his wife Jill. The physical altercation started in the living room and continued into the master bedroom where Christopher continued beating his wife. He was strangling her when their son, Channing Thorpe came into the bedroom to protect his mother armed with a handgun. Channing fired several shots, striking his father. One of the bullets struck Jill Thorpe in the right thigh area. Christopher Thorpe died at the scene. Jill Thorpe was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital.

    Other individuals outside the residence around the bonfire when the shooting took place inside the residence. Jill's mother, Channing's girlfriend and a friend of Channing's. Jill's mother also lives at the 7427 Burnt Barn Avenue address.
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