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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-058

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 7, 2019
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    Hillsborough County SWAT Team Called To Plant City For Suicidal Man

    Deputies attempted to negotiate with the man but were unsuccessful.
    • Thursday
    • February 7, 2019
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Firehouse 92 Bar
    • 3709 U.S. Highway 92 East
    • Plant City


    Patrons at a bar in Plant City called 911 early Thursday morning to report a man threatening to harm himself. Just before 3 a.m., patrons at the Firehouse 92 Bar, located at 3709 US Highway 92 East in Plant City, called dispatchers reporting that Jason Robert Stuart was putting a gun to his head and threatening to shoot himself. By the time deputies arrived, Stuart took off in a black Ford F150 pickup truck. Deputies followed Stuart until he stopped in an industrial area about a quarter mile from the Plant City Police Department located at 1 Police Place. For 45 minutes, deputies attempted to negotiate with Stuart to prevent him from hurting himself. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team was called to the scene. Stuart never made threats to harm deputies or others, but he eventually cut off communication. Around 4:30 a.m., deputies heard the sound of a gunshot. The SWAT Team moved in towards the vehicle and found Stuart with a gunshot wound. Stuart was transported to Lakeland Regional and pronounced deceased.

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