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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-045

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 31, 2019
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    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Arrest Made In Woodberry Road Homicide

    A deputy discovered a minivan stopped in the road with the engine running and a man unresponsive inside.
    • Monday
    • January 28, 2019
    • Time: 8:47 PM
    • Woodberry Road
    • Tampa


    Paul Dean McCourt
    White Male
    DOB: 12-05-1997
    Address: 12014 Michigan Street A, Seffner, FL 33584


    • First Degree Murder (1 Count)
    • Robbery with a Firearm (1 Count)


    An arrest has been made in a homicide investigation from Monday night. Paul Dean McCourt, 21, of Seffner is facing charges of First Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm.

    At 10:47 p.m. on January 28, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy observed a minivan stopped in the eastbound travel lanes of Woodberry Road, just east of Essex Road, in Tampa. The vehicle was in park with the engine running and revving.  The deputy found an adult male unresponsive in the driver's seat. He removed him from the van and began performing CPR. The man appeared to have gunshot wounds to his upper body. The victim was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

    After interviewing friends of the victim, detectives learned the victim was in the process of making a drug deal at the time of the shooting. McCourt met the victim to buy marijuana. In the process of the transaction, McCourt shot the victim before fleeing from the van.

    McCourt was arrested and booked into Orient Road Jail on January 29 on a separate charge. He is now facing charges of First Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm.
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