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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-158

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 15, 2018
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    Shooting Investigation

    Deputies arrest two men.
    • Monday
    • February 5, 2018
    • Time: 6:00 PM
    • 2503 Deer Forest Drive
    • Lutz, Florida


    (Booking photo from Pasco County Sheriff's Office)
    Adam Shehata
    DOB: 6/10/99
    1827 Thornhill Rd
    Wesley Chapel

    Charges: Attempted Felony Murder and Armed Burglary of a Dwelling


    Brandon Watlington
    DOB: 3/29/99


    Charges: Attempted Felony Murder and Armed Burglary of a Dwelling


    On February 5, 2018 at approximately 6:00 p.m., the suspects forced entry into the victim's residence located at 2503 Deer Forest Drive in Lutz. Once inside, an altercation occurred which resulted in the victim being shot in the face. After being shot, the victim fled from his residence and contacted 911 for assistance.

    During the investigation, fingerprints were located on the interior and exterior of the front door to the victim's residence. The fingerprints belonged to Adam Shehata. Witnesses observed both suspects in a vehicle in the victim's neighborhood shortly before the shooting.

    Deputies arrested Adam Shehata in Pasco County on February 7, 2018 and Brandon Watlington was arrested in Hillsborough County on February 9, 2018.


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