Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-301

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 31, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Courtroom Inmate Attempts To Take Deputy’s Gun

    Inmate faces additional felony charges.

    • Tuesday
    • July 30, 2013
    • Time: 9:22 AM
    • Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex
    • 800 Twiggs Street East
    • Tampa, FL



    Robert Lewis Bridges III
    DOB: 6/08/1989
    Falkenburg Road Jail

    Additional Charges:

    • Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
    • Depriving Officer of Means of Protection


    On July 30, 2013, shortly after 9 a.m., Hillsborough County inmate Robert Bridges was in-custody sitting inside Circuit Court Judge Martha Cook's courtroom waiting for his case to be called on unrelated felony charges. Bridges was secured with leg shackles as well as handcuffed in front with an attached waist chain.

    HCSO Master Sergeant Tracey Wallace, an 18-year veteran along with two Hillsborough County deputies (bailiffs) were in the courtroom in full uniform providing courtroom security when Robert Bridges lunged forward and with both hands grabbed MSgt. Tracy Wallace's holstered firearm.

    MSgt. Wallace immediately took defensive action and was able to prevent Bridges from pulling her firearm from her holster. Two other deputies, assigned to the courtroom, immediately assisted MSgt. Wallace and were able to restrain and remove Bridges from the courtroom. Bridges was taken to a holding cell where he awaited until the additional charges listed above were added. Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident.

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