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Valrico man shot by deputy has an extensive record

VALRICO — The Valrico man shot by a deputy investigating a bank robbery remains hospitalized in critical condition, the Sheriff's Office said Tuesday afternoon.

Hillsborough deputies say Thomas Noettl, 30, robbed a Grow Financial branch about 12:40 p.m. Monday.

When deputies caught up to him at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, he was initially cooperative and led detectives to his home. He told the deputies some of the money was there, the Sheriff's Office said.

But as soon as he walked detectives into the kitchen, Noettl, who was handcuffed in the front, grabbed a knife from a butcher's block, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Detective Charles Boswell, 41, ordered Noettl to drop the knife. When he failed to do so, the detective fired his gun, Sheriff David Gee said.

Monday wasn't the first time Noettl has caught the attention of law enforcement. Deputies have been called to his house, in the 4700 block of Bloomingdale Avenue, several times for suicide attempts, sheriff's reports show.

In July, he stabbed his thigh with a stainless steel kitchen knife. And in February 2010, he grabbed a kitchen knife and told his brother to kill him, a report states.

He has been held at least five times under the Baker Act, which allows authorities to detain people for mental evaluation if they seem likely to harm themselves or others. He was most recently held on April 5, when he called 911 and said he had overdosed on pills and had a gun, a sheriff's report states.

His brother reported that Noettl abuses prescription drugs and alcohol, a report states.

Noettl's parents were in the front yard at the time of the 8:30 p.m. shooting, Gee said. Noettl was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.

His mother, Judy Noettl, said she was too emotional to talk about her son or Monday's confrontation.

Boswell, a 19-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, works with the Criminal Investigations Division. He has never been disciplined by the department, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Noettl is on felony probation for a third conviction for driving under the influence. He also has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and petty theft, state records show.

Monday marks the second time in less than two weeks that a Hillsborough deputy has shot a suspect.

On April 13 outside the Barnacles sports bar at Providence Road and Town Center Boulevard, a deputy shot Evelio David Rodriguez, 20, of Brandon.

That night, two deputies responding to a trespassing call had tried to arrest Rodriguez. As they handcuffed him, he freed himself and the three of them fell to the ground, deputies said.

Rodriguez got on top of Deputy Christina Ammons and pressed his forearm into the side of her face. Deputy Desirae Penrose pulled out her Taser but Rodriguez grabbed it, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Penrose then took out her department-issued .40-caliber Glock and began hitting Rodriguez on the back of the head with the gun. It didn't stop him, deputies said.

Rodriguez pushed himself off Ammons, forcing Penrose off him, and appeared to be preparing to deploy the Taser, the Sheriff's Office said.

Penrose shot Rodriguez twice, hitting him in the lower back.

Rodriguez was still in critical condition Tuesday, spokeswoman Carter said.

Penrose, 27, and Ammons, 45, were placed on routine paid leave as that incident was investigated.

Also, on April 21 a Seminole Tribe Police Department officer shot a man who authorities say hit the officer with a stolen golf cart outside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The officer, Daniel McGillicuddy, shot Jonathan Bestoso, 24, three or four times, a tribe spokesman Gary Bitner said.

Bestoso remained in the intensive care unit Tuesday, Bitner said.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or

Valrico man shot by deputy has an extensive record 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:50pm]
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