TAMPA — A man accused of shooting his stepbrother in the face was arrested Thursday afternoon in Plant City, a few miles from where the shooting happened, authorities said.
Jose Alejandro Esparza, 32, was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of attempted murder and violation of a domestic violence injunction. He has been wanted since Aug. 6, when he got into an argument with his 22-year-old stepbrother, Ramiro Silva Jr., at Silva's house at 2710 Chance Place in Plant City. During the argument, Esparza pulled out a handgun and shot Silva in the face, authorities said.
Silva's family took him to a local hospital. The wound was not life-threatening, authorities said. Esparza fled, and Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Thursday afternoon, they tracked him down to a home at 5102 W U.S. Highway 92, deputies said. He was arrested without incident and held in jail without bail.