Community Alert: Deputy-Involved Shooting, Wesley Chapel

Update 8/12/2023 4:45 p.m.: As noted in the news conference earlier today, Pasco Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Wesley Chapel in which an adult female was shot. Following this shooting, the suspect drove away from the scene while also shooting at responding deputies. PSO deputies followed the suspect into Hillsborough County where the suspect, an adult male, crashed the car he was driving into a pond and ran away from it while still firing at deputies.

The suspect was ultimately shot after continuing to fire shots at law enforcement officers from PSO, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol. The suspect died as a result of the shooting.

The original shooting was domestic in nature. The situation originally began in Hernando County before the suspect and victim travelled to the Tall Grass Dr. area of Wesley Chapel, where the victim was shot. The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No law enforcement officers, including PSO deputies, were injured during the incident. There is no threat to the public. Per protocol, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the deputy-involved shooting aspect of this case. The PSO deputies involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave with pay during FDLE’s investigation as is standard protocol. The investigation is ongoing. 

This video shows both PSO and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to the scene where the suspect crashed the car and ran from it while firing a gun at deputies. We’re proud of the collaborative effort of the responding agencies to ensure that this individual did not further victimize our community. 

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, know that help is available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE and you can find more information at PascoSheriff.com/domestic-violence/

Original Post 8/12/2023 5:30 a.m.: Pasco Sheriff’s Office is on scene of a multi-jurisdictional deputy-involved shooting which ended in Tampa. More information will be available at a news conference later today. No additional information is available at this time. There is no threat to the public.

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