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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-405

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 25, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Apollo Beach Shooting

    A confrontation between neighbors leaves one man dead.
    • Thursday
    • October 18, 2012
    • Time: 6:00 PM
    • 119 Silver Falls Drive
    • Apollo Beach, Florida


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


    David Cockerham
    DOB: 1/15/1945
    110 Silver Falls Drive
    Apollo Beach, Florida


    On October 18, 2012, at approximately 6 p.m., 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.
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