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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-281 (13-274)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 19, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Deputy Involved Shooting Update

    Detectives have charged Carlos Rivera-Rodriguez with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.
    • Wednesday
    • July 17, 2013
    • Time: 6:26 AM
    • Oak Bend Apartments
    • 1538 University Woods Place
    • Tampa, FL

    Update July 19, 2013:

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives have charged Carlos Rivera-Rodriguez with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer in connection with the deputy involved shooting that occurred on July 17, 2013. When deputies arrived at the scene on July 17, 2013, the deputies observed the suspect with a black handgun in his waistband. Deputy Woods gave verbal commands for the suspect to drop the gun. The defendant pulled the gun from his waistband in a quick movement and raised it toward both deputies. In fear for his life, Dep. Woods fired multiple rounds at the defendant until he fell to the ground. The weapon was later determined to be a black, metal “Walther CP99” BB gun with a slide that operates like a real gun.


    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

    Details (News Release 13-274):

    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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