Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man identified in fatal Valrico shooting

VALRICO — Deputies have identified a man who was fatally shot just before midnight Monday outside a home.

Jerome R. Otero, 24, of 39153 Dungan Road in Zephyrhills was found wounded after a report of shots fired, said the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies went to 326 Sacramento St., and when they arrived, they found a man lying beside the road. Otero was taken to Brandon Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, deputies said.

Detectives say Otero was among a group of men who might have been conducting a drug transaction at a vacant house at 519 Sonoma Drive in Valrico.

Sometime during the transaction, they believe, Otero was shot and ran to Sacramento Street, where he collapsed.

Deputies remained at the Sacramento Street house Tuesday morning, blocking off the scene for several houses in each direction. Deputies had vehicles parked in the driveway of one house, which is two stories, and were looking around the house with flashlights. The crime scene was across the street from a retention pond, a pool and a playground.

The quiet suburban neighborhood, called Brandon Brook, is north of State Road 60.

Tom Hall, 62, said he has lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade. "We've never had a problem," he said. "It's been a great neighborhood."

Maribelle Garcia, 44, said she heard helicopters the night before and thought it was from an accident on the nearby highway.

Garcia said she has lived in her house for 10 years, and the only time she remembers police coming to the neighborhood was when a child drowned in a pool.

Fatal shooting in Brandon

View Larger Map

Man identified in fatal Valrico shooting 01/12/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history.

    President Donald Trump embraces Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the East Room of the White House during an announcement Wednesday that Foxconn is going to build a plant in Wisconsin.
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with critical series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Conservatives come to Sessions' defense amid Trump attacks


    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and influential conservatives rallied around Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday as President Donald Trump kept up his public pelting of the nation's top law enforcement officer and left his future in doubt.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  5. Jones: Alex Cobb proves again why he's Rays' stopper, no matter how long he's here (w/ video)

    The Heater


    If a team hopes to hang around the pennant race, it better have an ace. A stopper. A pitcher it can count on every fifth day to stop the bleeding, keep a winning streak going or flat-out win a game that a team flat-out needs to win.

    Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing the first inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]