Friday, June 22, 2018
Public safety

Tampa man sentenced in deputy-involved shooting

TAMPA — Carlos Rivera-Rodriguez survived gunshot wounds five months ago, and on Wednesday was convicted for his role in the deputy-involved standoff.

A jury found Rivera-Rodriguez, 28, guilty of two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer for the events of July 17.

Sheriff's deputies say early that morning, a woman who was visiting a friend at an apartment at Oak Bend, near the University of South Florida, called 911 and told authorities her armed and angry boyfriend was outside. She said she could hear him rack the gun.

Two deputies arrived at about 6:30 a.m. and the man, Rivera-Rodriguez, came to the parking lot. They repeatedly shouted for him to drop the gun, officials said. He racked the gun again, and Deputy James Woods shot him, officials said.

That gun, deputies say, turned out to be a BB pistol. Rivera-Rodriguez had been holding a Walther CP99 BB gun.

He will be sentenced Jan. 22.

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