Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-343

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 28, 2013
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    Deputy-involved Shooting

    Suspect is charged with two counts Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle on a Law Enforcement Officer. 
    • Tuesday
    • August 27, 2013
    • Time: 3:17 PM
    • RaceTrac
    • 11703 Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard
    • Seffner


    Justin Wallace Bryant
    DOB: 08/25/88
    2718 School House Ln.
    Plant City, FL


    • Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle on a LEO (2 counts)

    Deputies Involved:

    Detective Patrick Saunders
    38 years of age
    8-year HCSO veteran

    Detective Jeff Fender
    48 years of age
    18-year HCSO veteran

    Detective William Hyatt
    35 years of age
    9-year HCSO veteran


    On August 27, 2013 at 3:17 p.m., Justin Bryant was at the RaceTrac located at 11703 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Seffner. Bryant was parked in a stolen Lincoln Navigator when detectives approached the vehicle. Detectives were attempting to take Bryant into custody for two Grand Theft Auto warrants and two other Grand Theft Auto charges. At that time, Bryant turned the front wheels of the vehicle towards Detective William Hyatt and Detective Patrick Saunders and accelerated towards them. Detective Hyatt dove out of the way and moved a witness to safety. Detective Saunders had to push himself away from the vehicle as it approached and then fired two shots at Bryant. Detective Jeff Fender was nearby and fired one shot at Bryant. Bryant then crashed the vehicle into a pillar next to the gas pump and was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where he remains in stable condition. Bryant is a career criminal with 46 previous felony arrests. Both Detective Fender and Detective Saunders were placed on administrative leave, as part of standard procedure.
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