Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-274

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 18, 2013
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    • 813/247-8060

    Deputy Involved Shooting

    Deputies were responding to a domestic dispute.
    • Wednesday
    • July 17, 2013
    • Time: 6:26 AM
    • Oak Bend Apartments
    • 1538 University Woods Place
    • Tampa, Florida


    Carlos Rivera-Rodriguez
    DOB: 11-10-85
    Last known address:
    811 East Grove Avenue
    St. Joseph’s Hospital

    Deputy Involved:

    Deputy James Woods, 44 year old
    16 year veteran
    Homeland Security Division – K-9 Unit


    At approximately 6:26 a.m., deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute at 1538 University Woods Place within the Oak Bend apartments. The female victim (Rodriguez girlfriend) was at an apartment visiting a female friend. The victim called stating that her boyfriend was at the apartment and she could hear the boyfriend racking (working the slide as if to charge the weapon) the gun. While the dispatcher was on the phone with the victim, the dispatcher relayed to the deputy that the suspect was armed. When the deputy arrived, the suspect was outside of the apartment armed with a weapon. The deputy heard the suspect rack the gun. The deputy made several demands for the suspect to drop the gun. In fear for his life, the deputy fired his weapon striking the suspect several times. The deputy was not injured. The suspect was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in critical condition.

    As a matter of procedure, Deputy Woods has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the administrative review.

    The investigation continues.
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