Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Widow of Pasco man killed in shootout arrested

Jessica Tillery

Jessica Tillery, 37

NEW PORT RICHEY — The widow of a man killed in a shootout with deputies last week was arrested Monday.

Jessica Tillery, 37, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact, a third degree felony. According to a press release from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Tillery lied to officers when they went to her New Port Richey home last Wednesday looking for her husband, Patrick Tillery. She told them he wasn't there.

The episode began when, detectives said, Patrick Tillery vandalized cars at Rock Bottom Auto Sales in Hudson earlier Wednesday evening, then set fire to one of the dealership's cars, partially burning its building as well. Detectives said he was unhappy with a purchase he'd made there a month before.

They tracked him to the home, where Jessica Tillery led them to a hallway where her husband was hiding, armed with a gun.

He fired two or three shots that missed. Officers returned fire, striking and killing him. No deputies were injured; neither was Jessica Tillery nor her children.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said Jessica Tillery led officers into an ambush, and that she would get what she deserved.

She was being held at the Land O' Lakes jail on Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Gage Bentley can be reached at (727) 869-6250 or [email protected]

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