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    Release Number: 16-234

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 26, 2016
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    ShotSpotter Arrest

    The defendant admitted to firing one round from the pistol into the ground near an apartment complex.
    • Saturday
    • May 21, 2016
    • Time: 10:00 PM
    • 5002 Sligh Avenue
    • Tampa, Florida


    Gerald Starks
    DOB: 5/25/1984
    2908 Emma Street East


    • Possession of Controlled Substance
    • Carrying Concealed Firearm
    • Discharge Firearm in Public


    On May 21, 2016 at approximately 10:00 pm, a deputy was circulating the area in reference to a ShotSpotter alert. The alert indicated one round was fired. The defendant was observed driving a black Volkswagen Jetta without operational tail lamps and an obscured tag. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and observed a Smith & Wesson pistol on the passenger seat in plain view not securely encased. During a post miranda interview, the defendant admitted to firing one round from the pistol into the ground near Puritan Place apartment complex.

    Starks does not have a concealed weapons permit. Starks was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance, Carrying Concealed Firearm and Discharge Firearm in Public.

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