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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-336

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 28, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Deputy involved shooting without injuries

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred Wednesday morning in Brandon.


    At approximately 10 a.m., a child protective investigator responding to a home near Mook St and Angelica Place in Brandon to investigate a case called 911 dispatchers requesting back up from deputies. She said a 15-year-old male at the home where she arrived to conduct her investigation became extremely hostile, banging on the windshield of her car with enough force to shatter the glass.

    When Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on scene, the subject had a rifle in his hand and pointed it at his chin. Deputies began ordering the juvenile to drop the gun. He did not comply, instead, turning in an aggressive manner towards the deputies.

    Corporal John Seale, who has been employed with HCSO since 2000, discharged his gun and fired several rounds. Neither the juvenile nor anyone else on scene was hit or injured.

    The juvenile was transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment for injuries he sustained from damaging the child protective investigator's vehicle.

    The juvenile has a lengthy criminal history including armed burglary, felony grand theft auto, felony criminal mischief and domestic violence. Deputies are currently in the process of interviewing the juvenile.

    "It's never an easy decision for a deputy to decide when to discharge their firearm. It's not a decision we take lightly," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "We are thankful that this incident ended with no one getting hurt and a very violent person getting off the streets and hopefully getting the help he needs."

    In the past, deputies have responded to the home on Mook Street where the incident began for calls including runaway juvenile, nonviolent domestics, and various CPID investigations.

    A picture of the child protective investigator's damaged vehicle from Wednesday's incident is attached.

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