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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-025

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 25, 2017
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    Child Discovers Gun Underneath Dresser

    Man charged after 4-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself.
    • Tuesday
    • January 24, 2017
    • Time: 8:39 AM
    • 12536 Tinsley Circle, #203
    • Tampa, Florida


    Akia A Thomas
    DOB: 11/12/90
    12536 Tinsley Circle
    Tampa, FL


    • Possession of Weapon by Convicted Felon
    • Possession of Ammo by Convicted Felon (9 counts)
    • Unsafe Storage of Firearm, Possession of Cocaine


    On January 24, 2017 at approximately 8:39 am, deputies responded to a shooting at 12536 Tinsley Circle, #203 in Tampa. Preliminary evidence leads detectives to believe that the child grabbed the firearm he found unsecured and underneath a dresser and accidentally shot himself in the chest. A search warrant was executed at the residence where detectives located the Taurus .380 handgun loaded 9 rounds of ammunition. Detectives also found a bag containing white powder that later tested positive for cocaine. At this time, Thomas is charged with Possession of Weapon by Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammo by Convicted Felon (9 counts), Unsafe Storage of Firearm, and Possession of Cocaine.

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