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    Release Number: 12-396

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 19, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Homicide in Del Webb Estates

    Confrontation in neighborhood ends in shooting death.
    • Thursday
    • October 18, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Silver Falls Drive
    • Apollo Beach, FL


    Gallik, John E
    DOB: 10/22/1959
    119 Silver Falls Drive
    Apollo Beach, Fl


    Cockerham, David
    DOB: 01/15/1945
    110 Silver Falls Drive
    Apollo Beach, Fl


    Homicide detectives and crime scene personnel worked throughout the evening
    collecting evidence and conducting numerous interviews. As a result of their
    findings, detectives have determined the following took place;

    On October 18, 2012 at approximately 6 pm, David Cockerham was out walking his
    dog along the sidewalk on Silver Falls Drive. While passing the front of John
    Gallik's residence, David Cockerham's dog became startled and knocked over a
    sign that was partially blocking the sidewalk.

    As Cockerham attempted to move the sign out of the way and control his pet,
    Gallik exited his residence yelling profanities and charging towards Cockerham

    Cockerham took a step backwards in order to create distance when suddenly
    Gallik retrieved a butterfly knife from his right pocket.

    Gallik then began thrusting and waving the knife towards Cockerham while
    threatening to cut Cockerham's throat.

    As Gallik continued waving the knife, he again charged at Cockerham, placing
    David Cockerham in fear for his life. Cockerham then retrieved a 38 caliber
    revolver from his right front pocket and fired a single round towards Gallik.

    Gallik was struck in the upper torso and died at the scene. Mr. Cockerham
    immediately contacted 911 and waited at the scene for deputies to arrive.

    David Cockerham was not charged with any crime and has since been released
    pending the completion of the investigation and a final ruling by the
    Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.

    Gallik's next of kin has been notified.

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