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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-171

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 19, 2017
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    Death Investigation

    Ongoing domestic dispute leads to shooting.
    • Saturday
    • April 15, 2017
    • Time: 1:50 PM
    • 5501 Varn Rd.
    • Plant City, FL

    Involved Parties:

    Milton Lamar Varn (deceased)
    DOB: 08/02/1954

    Perry Edward Varn (deceased)
    DOB: 12/17/1950

    Joanne Varn (no injuries)
    DOB: 07/15/1955

    George Terrell Long (gunshot wound to the shoulder)
    DOB: 04/25/1945


    On April 15, 2017 at 1:50 p.m., HCSO deputies responded to a shooting at 5501 Varn Rd. in Plant City. Upon arrival, deputies found Milton and Perry Varn deceased on scene, suffering from gunshot wounds. George Long had been shot in the shoulder and was transported to TGH, later to be released. Joanne Varn had no injuries and remained on scene to speak with deputies.

    The investigation has revealed that Milton Varn shot his brother, Perry Varn. Milton then shot George Long, before threatening to shoot Joanne. At that point, in fear for her life, Joanne shot Milton in self defense. It is believed that this incident was a result of a domestic dispute that has been ongoing between the Varn brothers.

    After evidence testing has been completed by FDLE, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will meet with the State Attorney's Office for prosecutorial review.
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