Sheriff’s Office releases names of two people shot at Brandon Home Depot

Published February 8
Updated February 8

BRANDON — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office put two detectives on administrative leave this week after two people were shot during an undercover gun buy Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Home Depot.

On Thursday, the agency disclosed who had been shot but did not explain how it happened, releasing the names of Roberto Rivera, 23, of 11915 Bay Tree Drive in Riverview, and Raquel Marie Sanchez, 19, with no address listed.

"This is an active criminal investigation and a lengthy process," sheriff’s spokesman Danny Alvarez said. "We will publish information as soon as it becomes available."

Sanchez faces no criminal charge, Alvarez said, but Rivera faces a number of charges including trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, dealing in stolen property, delivery of cocaine and delivery of cannabis.

No updated medical conditions were provided Thursday. Previously, the agency said Rivera was in critical but stable condition and Sanchez did not have life-threatening injuries.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Adamo Drive. Undercover detectives bought guns and drugs from Rivera four times between Nov. 7 and Tuesday, including a handgun, two rifles, a shotgun, marijuana and cocaine, Alvarez said in a news release.

Two of the guns had been reported stolen in residential and vehicle burglaries, he said.

Detectives Dean Greene and Joshua Lane, who each have worked at the agency for eight years, were placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, the spokesman said.

Each had a prior internal affairs review relating to avoidable traffic crashes, Alvarez wrote. Lane was suspended for a day, and Greene got a letter of counseling.

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