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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-756

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 29, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Shooting Update

    Emery Godwin has been located and arrested.
    • Friday
    • October 26, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 5800 block of North 43rd Street
    • Tampa, Florida


    Emery Godwin has been arrested.


    An arrest warrant has been obtained for Emery Godwin, DOB: 1/19/79, for Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Shooting into a Dwelling, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
    Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Godwin fired multiple rounds at his girlfriend outside of the residence located at 5807 N 43rd St. He then pursued the victim as she fled into the residence. Once inside, he fired an additional round, striking her in the right arm. He then fled the scene and his whereabouts are unknown.

    Anyone with information in reference to Godwin's whereabouts is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using HCSOSheriff app available on both android and apple products. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using their P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

    Previous Release:

    Detectives are working a non-life-threatening shooting on the 5800 block of North 43rd Street that is domestic in nature. At approximately 9:40 a.m., HCSO received a 9-1-1 call about a possible shooting. When deputies arrived, they found a black female with a gunshot wound to the arm who was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa in stable condition. Detectives are looking for the shooter, whom they believe to be the victim's boyfriend, but are not releasing his name at this time.

    "As a community, we have to stop family violence immediately. Please help me educate those struggling with conflict resolution to understand that there is always a better way. The fact is, there is no room for violence in the community, especially family violence," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "It is always OK to ask for help! I will not remain idle while this occurs in our communities. The perpetrators of family violence have no place amongst us because everyone in our community deserves to feel safe!"

    One can always find easy and anonymous help from these great resources, said Sheriff Chronister.
    • The Spring of Tampa Bay has a 24-hour crisis hotline 813-247-SAFE (7233)  
    • The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) can help you find a domestic violence center near you. Call the statewide hotline 1-800-500-1119
    • National Domestic Violence HOTLINE 1-800-799-7233

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