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Hillsborough man dies of self-inflicted gunshot after shooting brother in leg, Sheriff's Office says

TAMPA — A man died Monday after shooting his brother in the leg and then shooting himself in the head, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The shootings happened just before 11:15 p.m. Sunday inside a home at 10020 E Wilder Ave., near the intersection of Hillsborough Avenue and Falkenburg Road.

Deputies said the two brothers, in their 60s, were with other family members when an argument broke out.

Freddie Honaker, 64, pulled a firearm and shot his brother in the leg, deputies said, then shot himself in the head.

Roger Honaker, 63, was taken to Tampa General Hospital and was reported to be in stable condition Monday.

Freddie Honaker died Monday at the hospital, said Larry McKin­non, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Both brothers had criminal records from years ago.

In 1966, when he was 17, Roger Honaker was arrested by Tampa police and charged with the homicide count of willful killing with a weapon, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement Records.

Records do not show the disposition of that case. But military records show that he enlisted 18 months later in the Army, where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and commendation as a sharpshooter.

State records show that Freddie Honaker was arrested by Tampa police and charged with burglary in 1967, when he was 20.

He was sentenced to a year in prison but was released after a few months on parole.

Then, in 1971, he was confined for 50 days for violating probation, records show.

And in 1988, records show, he was arrested by Tampa police and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and battery.

The charges were dropped, state records show.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Ileana Morales can be reached at (813) 226-3386 or imorales@sptimes.com.

Hillsborough man dies of self-inflicted gunshot after shooting brother in leg, Sheriff's Office says 06/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:06am]
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