Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-260

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 7, 2014
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    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    HCSO SWAT Team To Be Honored At Luncheon

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was activated more than 40 times for high risk incidents including barricaded persons, armed suspects, and high risk search warrants.
    • Tuesday
    • July 8, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Eddie V's
    • 4400 West Boy Scout Boulevard
    • Tampa

    HCSO SWAT Team To Be Honored At Luncheon:

    In 2013, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was activated more than 40 times for high risk incidents including barricaded persons, armed suspects, and high risk search warrants. This year the team has been called upon more than 20 times, including an incident in Brandon last month where a barricaded man fired more than 20 rounds from a rifle and pistol at deputies and SWAT team members in a standoff that lasted more than five hours. The ordeal ended after SWAT fired chemical agents (“tear gas”) into the house, entered and apprehended 53-year old Barry Engh as he sat armed with a handgun on the floor just inside the front door. Engh was uninjured during the incident.

    He wanted us to shoot him; he said that in the conversation," Sheriff David Gee said during a news conference after the arrest. "He came out several times armed with a gun in his hand. They (SWAT) showed great restraint, and I think they did an outstanding job here tonight."

    Tuesday, July 8, a local restaurant will honor the members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and their guests with a special luncheon. Eddie V’s, located at 4400 West Boy Scout Boulevard in Tampa, extended the invitation as a show of appreciation for the dangerous work that SWAT deputies and medics do for the community. Sheriff David Gee will be present and awards will be given to some of the team members in recognition of their work. Corporal Terry Martin will also be recognized as the longest tenured member of SWAT, with more than 19 years on the team.
     
    The luncheon will begin at Noon, with awards presented immediately following.



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