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Bobby Earl Driggers (deceased)
509 West Tennessee Ave
Next of kin has been notified
HCSO Personnel Involved:
Detective Jack Thompson age 46
Assigned Patrol District 2 - Latent Investigation Squad, 18 year veteran
Deputy Manuel Gonzalez age 37
Assigned Patrol District 2 - Community Resource Deputy, 16 year veteran
On May 14, 2013, at 1:15 pm, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jack Thompson spotted Bobby Driggers standing outside a mobile home located at 904 West Wheeler Road in Brandon. Detective Thompson called for back up and then made contact with Driggers standing next to an older Jeep Cherokee parked in the front yard.
In a matter of seconds, Driggers attacked Detective Thomson and ripped his pancake holster and 40 cal Glock from his trouser belt.
Detective Thompson and Driggers both fell into the back seat of the Jeep and a violent struggle ensued. During this violent struggle, Driggers was trying to remove the gun from the holster while Thompson was trying to hold onto it long enough for his backup to arrive.
At 1:17 p.m., backup deputy Manny Gonzalez arrived and found Detective Thompson fighting for his life while holding onto the gun. Detective Thompson screamed out "shoot him he has my gun".
Deputy Gonzalez fired one round from his 40 cal service gun striking Driggers once in the upper body ceasing all further aggression. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue immediately was called and Driggers was subsequently transported to Tampa General Hospital where he died a short time after he arrived.
Neither Deputy Gonzalez nor Detective Thompson was physically injured in the confrontation. Both deputies will be placed on routine administrative leave pending outcome of the investigation by HCSO and the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.
Driggers has a violent history as a career criminal dating as far back as 1993 in the State of Kansas where her served prison time for crimes such as murder, armed robbery and attempted murder.
In the State of Florida, Driggers crime spree dates far back as 2003 with prison time served for 14 criminal charges with 8 felony convictions. These crimes included armed robbery, aggravated assault with a weapon, burglary and grand theft auto.
The investigation continues.