Friday, June 22, 2018
Public safety

Longtime Tampa lifeguard found shot to death

TAMPA — Hours after a longtime city lifeguard was discovered shot to death Monday, his son was found miles away hiding in the man's missing truck, authorities said.

Dametrius Edwards, 43, was found dead Monday evening in his home, 7017 San Ramon Place, No. 101, south of Temple Terrace, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Edwards had been shot once, according to deputies, who responded to the apartment about 5:10 p.m. Edwards' 2005 Nissan pickup was missing. He was a lifeguard for the city of Tampa for more than 25 years, according to city records.

Later Monday night, deputies got a tip about the location of Edwards' truck, said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. Just after midnight, they found the truck parked outside an apartment at 14632 Banyan Bluff Drive in northern Hillsborough.

Dametrius Edwards Jr., 22, was hiding inside, McKinnon said.

Deputies arrested Edwards Jr. on outstanding felony warrants for burglary, grand theft and violation of a domestic violence injunction.

He remained in jail Tuesday night without bail while the investigation into his father's death continued.

Will Hobson can be reached at (813) 226-3400 or [email protected]

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