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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-146

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 8, 2016
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Deputy-Involved Hit & Run

    Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    • Friday
    • April 8, 2016
    • Time: 7:25 AM
    • Morris Bridge Road and Copeland Road


    • Black male, thin build, 20-25 years of age, dreadlocks, gold grill in mouth, tattoos down both arms. Last seen wearing a red and black baseball cap, a black shirt and blue pants.

    Suspect Vehicle:

    • White or light gray Mitsubishi (unknown model) or Dodge Avenger, 4-door, tinted windows, spoiler on trunk.

    Deputy Involved:

    Deputy Thomas Paradiso
    District I / 7.5 yr veteran


    At approximately 7:25 a.m., Deputy Thomas Paradiso was conducting a vehicle stop at Morris Bridge Road and Copeland Road when he heard several vehicles honking their horns. Deputy Paradiso noticed a white vehicle possibly a Mitsubishi stopped in the roadway. Deputy Paradiso made contact with the driver and attempted to obtain his information. The driver had preliminary signs of impairment. He became combative and fled southbound on Morris Bridge Road. The rear tire of the suspect's vehicle ran over Deputy Paradiso's foot, while the rear bumper clipped his hip. Deputy Paradiso was transported for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. At this time the suspect remains at large.

    Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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