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Deputy rebuked for off-duty hunt

A Hillsborough sheriff's deputy was reprimanded for going on an off-duty hunt for a man he said beat and robbed his younger brother, according to sheriff's officials. Miguel Comacho, 32, a patrol deputy for five and a half years, was given a written reprimand for trying to solve a case involving his brother instead of letting Tampa police investigate, and for improperly displaying his gun, according to a Sheriff's Office internal affairs report released Friday.

Comacho went to Janice Mack's home in the Ponce de Leon housing development at 1622 E 24th Ave. shortly after 11 p.m. Aug. 14, investigators found. His three brothers, one a detention deputy at the Hillsborough County Jail, were with him, according to the report.

Comacho banged on the apartment door and had his personal .45-caliber automatic handgun drawn while he talked with Mack, according to investigators. Comacho told Mack he was looking for a man called "Scoop," who he thought was dating Mack, according to the report.

Mack told investigators that Comacho said he was going to "f--- (Scoop) up" because Scoop had "j----- his brother," according to the report.

Comacho admitted he drew his gun, but he said he concealed it behind his leg and never threatened Mack with it. He said he was afraid Scoop, who had robbed his brother at gunpoint earlier that day, might be armed, according to the report.

Comacho's brother, Roderick Grace, 27, of 3822 River Hills Drive, Apt. B, was robbed and beaten in his home by a man and a woman about 11:20 a.m. Aug. 14. He was pistol-whipped and kicked in the groin by the woman, and more than $900 in cash and jewelry was stolen, police said. The man nicknamed Scoop has not been arrested.

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