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When deputies arrived on scene, they located a man deceased outside the apartment entrance.
3811 Cortez Circle, Apartment C
Tampa, Florida 33614
1. Tampering with Physical Evidence - Felony
3811 Cortez Circle
Next of kin notified
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Tyler Bardin on December 30 at 3:25 p.m. at 4226 Fairway Circle, Tampa, and charged him with tampering with evidence in relation to the case of Brian Vessel's shooting. At approximately 1:43 a.m on December 28 Bardin called 911 and admitted to shooting Vessel and being in possession of a firearm at that time. A physical altercation between the two had escalated outside of the apartment at 3811 Cortez Circle, Apartment C, Tampa, and Bardin intentionally shot the victim five times. He then fled the scene still armed with an unknown firearm.
The handgun and shell casings from the shooting have still not been recovered and were last known to be in the his possession. Originally, Bardin told investigators that he threw the weapon in the small pond next to his apartment building. The HCSO Dive team combed the body of water but did not find a weapon.
Bardin's attorney, later informed Detectives that Bardin's firearm had not been thrown in the pond, and that it, his clothing and cellular telephone were allegedly within the apartment located at 4018 Cortez Drive, Apartment B, Tampa, Florida 33614. Detectives obtained a search warrant for that location and recovered Bardin's clothes and his cell phone. The weapon was not located.
On December 29, 2017, a warrant was issued for Bardin's arrest based on probable cause related to his intentionally discarding items of evidentiary value to the homicide investigation. He knowingly removed the items from the scene, to include the unknown firearm, the shell casings, and his clothing which was worn during the incident.
The homicide investigation is still ongoing.