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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-175 (14-173)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 9, 2014
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Update On Residential House Fire

    The victims have been positively identified.
    • Wednesday
    • May 7, 2014
    • Time: 5:45 AM
    • 16223 Sierra De Avila
    • Tampa


    May 9, 2014
    Update reference Residential Fire
    16223 Sierra De Avila

    The Medical Examiner's Office positively identified the deceased as the Campbell family.
    • Kimberly Ann Campbell DOB:02/26/1963
    • Colin James Campbell DOB: 06/23/1995
    • Megan Campbell DOB: 08/27/1998
    • Darrin James Campbell DOB: 12/02/1964
    Colonel Donna Lusczynski confirmed that Darrin Campbell used a Sig 40, purchased in July 2013 from the Shooter's World located at 116 E. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa, to shoot his wife and two children in the head. Darrin Campbell then spread the fireworks and gasoline around the house and lit them before shooting himself in the head.

    Detectives learned that the gas cans were purchased from a local home improvement store on May 4th at 8:00 a.m. and then filled with gasoline at two local gas stations on May 6th.

    Detectives continue to interview friends, family members and coworkers to try to find the reasoning behind Darrin Campbell's actions. Detectives confirmed that Darrin Campbell had recently taken a few days off from work. A financial audit of Darrin Campbell is also being conducted.

    The property will be fenced in after the investigation is completed to secure the home.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office extends condolences to the friends and family of the Campbell family. The investigation continues, however the reasoning behind this tragedy may never be known.

    Previous News Release 14-173:

    May 8, 2014
    Update reference Residential Fire
    16223 Sierra De Avila

    Detectives responded back to the residence this morning to continue searching through the burnt out residence. It is undetermined when the autopsies will be completed. Numerous detectives, crime scene detectives as well as Fire Marshal on scene sifting through items in residence.  Colonel Donna Lusczynski confirmed that all four individuals in house were shot (did not confirm where shot).

    Colonel confirmed that detectives confirmed on day of fire that Mr. Campbell had purchased a large amount of fireworks from Phantom Fireworks. She also confirmed that Mr. Campbell had purchased gas cans.

    Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office conducting autopsies on four found in residence.

    An automatic weapon that was registered to Mr. Campbell was recovered at the scene.

    May 7, 2014
    Update reference Residential Fire
    16223 Sierra De Avila

    On May 7, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office entered the residence located at 16223 Sierra De Avila to begin the death investigation. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m.
    Detectives confirmed that four bodies (2 male and 2 female) were inside the residence at the time of the fire. Two of the four bodies had upper body trauma. It is believed that the fire was intentionally set and there were fireworks throughout the house.

    Detectives have confirmed with the homeowner, James Blake that he was subletting the residence to a Campbell family, however detectives have not confirmed the identities of the four individuals found in the residence.

    The four bodies were removed by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office in the late afternoon. Detectives searched through the burned out residence until nightfall and will resume the search on May 8, 2014.

    A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy was posted at the scene during the night.

    May 7, 2014
    Four Bodies Discovered In Residential Fire

    At approximately 5:45 a.m. on May 7, 2014, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fire responded to a residential fire. The 911 call stated that there had been an explosion and then they saw the fire.

    Upon arrival, County Fire began extinguishing the fire. As they proceeded into the residence, they initially discovered two deceased individuals (unknown sex or age). As the morning progressed and County Fire continued with working the fire, they discovered a third deceased individual inside the residence.

    County Fire has been working the fire for several hours as the over 6,000 square foot home continues to have areas that are smoldering.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives have been on scene conducting interviews with neighbors. Detectives have not been in the residence and will not enter until such time Hillsborough County Fire Department has deemed the residence structurally safe. It is undetermined when that will be. Once County Fire has completed their assessment, Hillsborough County Fire Marshall will enter the home to determine the cause of the fire.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of obtaining a search warrant to enter the home once County Fire Department and the Fire Marshall have completed their portion of the investigation.

    At this time, investigators have confirmed that tennis player James Blake is the owner of the residence at 16223 Sierra De Avila. Investigators have contacted Mr. Blake and determined that he was not in the house and he was subletting the house to someone else.

    While fighting the fire and performing a cursory search of the residence, Hillsborough County Fire Department stated to detectives that they observed fireworks inside the residence (it is undetermined what kind of fireworks and exactly where they were located).

    As of 1:00 p.m. May 7, 2014, Hillsborough County Fire Department has discovered a 4th deceased individual inside the residence (unknown sex and age).

    Since the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has not entered the residence to conduct our investigation, it would be premature to release any information as to the identity of the individuals inside the residence. We are not prepared to release the names of the individuals that were subletting the residence at this time until we have confirmed the identities of those found inside the residence.

    Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will take possession of the bodies once County Fire, Fire Marshall and Sheriff’s Office has completed their initial investigation. Positive identification will be made by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office.

    Due to the magnitude of the structural damage caused by the fire, this investigation will be a slow, meticulous process.

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