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FDLE investigates shooting by U.S. marshal at Hillsborough condos

TAMPA — A federal marshal, apparently serving a warrant, shot someone Thursday morning.

But neither the U.S. Marshals Service nor the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which was investigating the matter, would release details about the incident, including who was shot, why the person was shot, or the extent of the person's injuries.

"We typically don't talk about a lot of details about our shootings," FDLE spokeswoman Trena Reddick said when asked about the shooting late Thursday.

More than seven hours after it happened, Reddick confirmed that a U.S. marshal had shot someone at 11:30 a.m. and that the person did not die. But she said she couldn't elaborate.

Deputy Marshal Dan Whitfield was similarly tight-lipped, making only a one-sentence statement: "A deputy was involved in a shooting, and FDLE is investigating at our request."

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office received information that the incident happened just before 11:30 a.m. at the Club at Hidden River Condominiums at 13568 Cypress Glenn Lane, north of Fletcher Avenue west of Interstate 75, spokeswoman Vida Morgan said.

Morgan said the Sheriff's Office had been informed that a U.S. marshal serving a warrant told a suspect to show his hands, then fired when the suspect refused.

Federal officials declined to confirm that account.

Hillsborough Fire Rescue spokesman Ray Yeakley said paramedics responded and one person was taken to a local hospital, but he could not say which one. He said federal law prohibited him from commenting on the extent of the person's injuries.

To enter the Club at Hidden River, cars have to take a sharp right turn off of westbound Fletcher Avenue and cut between a Wendy's and a Dunkin' Donuts.

Inside the gate of the seven-building condominium complex, the short circular drive leads back to the entrance road.

J. Patrick Mulvaney, a condo salesman at Hidden River, said he didn't see any of what happened around noon, but noticed when an FDLE crime scene truck and 12 officers showed up at his office asking about tenants and setting up to do interviews.

He said they strung crime scene tape in the parking lot and questioned landscapers and any other possible witnesses in his office until about 3:30 p.m.

Typically, when officers are involved in shootings, agencies such as the Sheriff's Office and the Tampa police notify the media in a timely manner about the time of the incident, the circumstances, the injuries sustained and the names of the people involved.

"We don't quite handle it that way," said FDLE's Reddick. "We don't talk about the activities of open, active investigations."

Staff writer Colleen Jenkins contributed to this report. Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at rcatalanello@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3383.

FDLE investigates shooting by U.S. marshal at Hillsborough condos 10/16/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 20, 2008 6:25pm]
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