Sunday, January 21, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Tampa man forced to ground, fatally shot in robbery

TAMPA — A 32-year-old Tampa man was killed late Thursday after he and two others were confronted by two armed men in the front yard of a Progress Village home, according to deputies.

Michael Gilbert was shot dead just before 11:30 p.m. at 3817 Endive Ave.

Gilbert and an unidentified friend were visiting a man who lives at the home when two armed men came up to them, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

One man told Gilbert to get on the ground, while the other ordered the homeowner and Gilbert's friend inside, deputies said.

At some point, a struggle broke out between the homeowner and friend and the man who ordered them inside the home. They fled, leaving Gilbert.

As they left, deputies said, the pair heard gunshots.

When the friend and homeowner returned, the two suspects were gone, and Gilbert was on the ground with gunshot wounds.

Detectives called the incident a robbery and believe it's drug-related.

The victim, Gilbert, does not have an arrest record in Florida.

On Friday, deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Fabian Demetrick Williams, 27, whose last known address is 3236 Deerfield Drive in Tampa.

He faces charges of felony first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm. Deputies believe the homeowner and Gilbert's friend knew Williams.

Authorities describe the second suspect as a man between 5-foot-11 and 6-feet, and about 160 pounds. The pair got away in a mid- to late-1990s green, four-door Mazda Protegé with tinted windows.

Williams spent nearly five years in prison, starting in 2005, for attempted burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.

He was last arrested in March, accused of illegally carrying a concealed firearm and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Danny Valentine can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386.


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