Tampa, Florida. – The Florida The Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating after three Hillsborough County Representatives were implicated in the fatal shooting of a gunman at an apartment complex in Tampa early Sunday morning.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Bristol Bay Apartments, located at 4709 Bristol Bay Road in Tampa, shortly before 12:45 a.m. to investigate reports of the shooting.
Upon arrival, deputies said they learned that two men had quarreled over a woman at a party earlier in the night and the confrontation moved outside. That’s when MPs said Jonathan Huertas Reyes, 32, shot the other man involved multiple times, but got it wrong.
Representatives located Huertas Reyes at the apartment complex, but said he ignored them when they tried to talk to him and led them in a foot chase across the property.
According to the HCSO, a deputy tried to convince Huertas Reyes to obey orders by withdrawing a taser issued by the agency. That was when deputies said Huertas Reyes pulled a gun out of a fan package he was wearing and pointed it at his head.
According to Vice President Donna Luczynski, Huertas Reyes said he might also kill himself because he knew he would be imprisoned for shooting the other man.
Onlookers who saw the suspect with the gun shouted at Huertas Reyes in English and Spanish to lay down the gun, according to the HCSO. A bilingual deputy also started talking to Huertas Reyes and encouraged him to walk toward law enforcement without the gun in his hand.
Deputies say Huertas Reyes threw the firearm, but refused to walk towards the deputies. Lusczynski says Reyes eventually picked the gun and the deputies shot him when he aimed the gun at them.
According to the HCSO, MPs immediately began life-saving efforts and used an AED in Huertas Reyes. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to Lusczynski, Huertas Reyes has previously been arrested on charges of domestic battery and domestic battery battery involving strangulation.
Courtesy: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
It says that no MPs or other citizens were injured during the incident.
“The situation would have been much worse if our deputies had not taken any action,” Luchinsky added.
In accordance with agency policy, the three deputies involved in the shooting, Sergeant Benjamin Kenny, Rep. Nicholas Scudder and Rep. Jeff Lewis, have been placed on administrative leave. None of the representatives had any prior use of lethal force.
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