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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-084

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 4, 2014
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    Deputy-Involved Shooting

    The man was attempting to break a window to gain entry to an occupied apartment.
    • Tuesday
    • March 4, 2014
    • Time: 5:37 AM
    • 3117 Bloomingdale Villas Court
    • Brandon

    Subject:


    Lew G. Tyree II (deceased)
    DOB: 12/09/72
    3219 Bloomingdale Villas Court
    Brandon, FL

    Deputies Involved:

    Deputy Steve Gutierrez - District IV
    35 years of age
    Employed since Nov. 2007

    Deputy Marina Stroud - District IV
    34 years of age
    Employed since Oct. 2009

    Deputy James Maiello - District IV
    25 years of age
    Employed since May 2011

    Details:

    On March 4, 2014 at 5:37 a.m., HCSO deputies responded to 3117 Bloomingdale Villas Court in reference to a man attempting to break into an apartment. Deputies received information that a black male was walking around the neighborhood carrying a 20-lb barbell weight and a large butcher knife. The subject had stabbed a cat and was attempting to break a window to gain entry to an occupied apartment. When deputies arrived, they found Lew Tyree matching the description and attempted to gain control of him to calm him down. Deputy Gutierrez deployed his Taser, but was unsuccessful. Deputies made numerous commands for Tyree to drop the weapon, but he would not comply. At that time, Tyree turned towards deputies and made threatening comments from about 5 feet away. In fear for their lives, all three deputies fired at the subject. Tyree was taken to Brandon Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. All three deputies were placed on administrative leave, as part of standard procedure.
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