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Hillsborough deputies arrest suspect in Saturday fatal shooting

TAMPA — Deputies arrested the man accused of fatally shooting another man early Saturday morning outside an apartment complex west of Tampa.

Prilys Americo Cuello-Valdez of Santo Domingo is charged with manslaughter with a firearm for the death of Frank Taveras, Hillsborough County deputies said.

Cuello-Valdez, 22, first met Taveras, 32, earlier the same evening in a restaurant parking lot where a large group had gathered, deputies said. A feud between the two men may have started and shots were fired from someone in the crowd, though no one was hurt. The crowd dispersed before authorities arrived.

Then at about 3:30 a.m., the men met again in the parking lot of the Waterford apartment complex at 4733 W Waters Ave., deputies said. A second altercation occurred and Cuello-Valdez shot Tavares twice, deputies said.

Taveras, of Tampa, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and died a short while later.

Deputies recovered a firearm thought to be used in the offense. Cuello-Valdez was arrested Saturday evening.

He is being held in a Hillsborough County jail on $15,000 bail but has a hold placed on him by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Hillsborough deputies arrest suspect in Saturday fatal shooting 01/30/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 12:45pm]
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