Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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Release Number: 16-404
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- August 31, 2016
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Deputy Involved Shooting
Deputies were executing a search warrant at the residence.
- August 30, 2016
- Time: 8:00 AM
- 1432 Longwood Loop
- Tampa, Florida
Levonia Riggins, DOB 1-15-94
1432 Longwood Loop
Deputy Caleb Johnson, 32
3-year SWAT member
On August 30, 2016 at approximately 8:00 am, SWAT members responded to the residence located at 1432 Longwood Loop in Tampa to execute a court authorized search warrant for illegal narcotics. This was the result of a month long investigation as deputies had made purchases for illegal narcotics from Levonia Riggins.
After announcing the purpose for being there, occupants of the residence exited and advised deputies that Riggins was still inside the house and probably in the rear of the residence.
After making numerous commands for Riggins to exit the residence, Deputy Johnson visually located Riggins in a bedroom, at which time Johnson perceived Riggins as an immediate threat and fired one shot striking Riggins.
Riggins was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he died.
While the investigation is ongoing, it does appear at this time that Riggins was unarmed.
Johnson has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending administrative review. This investigation continues with the State Attorney's Office.