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Release Number: 09-308

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

November 13, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060

















Victim: Deputy Paulo Santos-Rizzo, 30


Suspect#1 Jeffrey Lee Ervin, dob: 08-29-88

                    8735 Copeland Drive, Tampa


Suspect #2 At large


Charges: Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer (2 counts)

                 Carrying a concealed Firearm

                 Felon in possession of a firearm

                 Resist arrest with violence



Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer (2 counts)


Friday, November 13, 2009 at 3:49 a.m.


Shadow Oaks Apartments

13901 N. Florida Av, Tampa










On November 13, 2009 at 3:49 a.m. the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a burglary in progress at the Shadow Oaks Apartments located at 13901 N. Florida Av.  Deputies arrived and a K-9 and handler tracked the suspect and found him hiding next to a van located at 13621 N. Florida Av.  The deputies gave a command to stop and the suspect then fled and while fleeing a shot was fired by the suspect.  Deputy Rizzo was traveling northbound on Florida Avenue in a marked Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle when the suspect ran in front of the deputy and fired one shot striking the windshield and missing striking  the deputy.  Another deputy that was on foot behind Deputy Rizzo took cover behind his vehicle. 


The suspect continued to flee to the area of 13502 Capitol Drive where the K-9 handler tracked to and gave verbal commands to the suspect.  The suspect failed to comply and the K-9 handler released the dog.  The suspect was bitten in the right bicep area and left leg.


The investigation continues