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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-315

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 1, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Deputy Involved Shooting

    Deputy involved shooting
    • Thursday
    • August 1, 2019
    • Time: 9:16 PM


    Deceased Subject:
    Lenny Blaine Griffin
    White Male
    DOB: 08/01/1971

    Deputy Involved:
    Deputy Nguyen Tran  
    Asian Male
    Date of Hire:10/23/2016

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was called to 8607 Misty River Court in Tampa at 6:01 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, for a report of a suicidal subject.

    A relative of Lenny Blaine Griffin, 48, called 911 reporting that Griffin had taken medication and was threatening to kill himself. Griffin had recently lost his wife and was dealing with health and financial issues according to a girlfriend inside the home with him at the time of the call.

    Deputy Nguyen Tran responded to the home, and Griffin's girlfriend let the deputy inside. Griffin then came out of a bedroom with a large chef's knife in hand. Deputy Nguyen ordered Griffin to drop the knife multiple times as Griffin approached him with the knife raised above his shoulder. Deputy Tran retreated out of the home, through the front yard and into a neighbor's yard, approximately 150 feet, while continuing to order Griffin to drop the knife. Griffin did not follow any of the commands, leading Deputy Tran to fire his
    weapon at Griffin out of fear for his own life. Griffin was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

    Deputy Tran, 28, was hired by HCSO in 2016. He has no prior Internal Affairs incidents other than a traffic crash. The Sheriff's Office has been called to Griffin's home in the past for a mental health evaluation and several welfare checks.

    As protocol, Deputy Tran is being placed on administrative leave as the incident is investigated.

    If you or a relative is experiencing a mental health issue, you are urged to call the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay at 211.

    No further information is available at this time. Any updates will come through Media Alert.
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