Co-worker accidentally shoots, kills friend at Riverview construction site, deputies say

The man said he was moving his firearm from his waistband to his pocket when he tripped and accidentally fired, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
A 44-year-old construction worker was accidentally shot and killed by his coworker at a job site along the 8900 block of Riverlachen Way in Riverview on May 8, 2019, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [PAUL GUZZO | Times]
A 44-year-old construction worker was accidentally shot and killed by his coworker at a job site along the 8900 block of Riverlachen Way in Riverview on May 8, 2019, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [PAUL GUZZO | Times]
Published May 8
Updated May 8

RIVERVIEW — A 44-year-old construction worker was accidentally shot and killed by his coworker at a job site on Wednesday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the scene at about 1:45 p.m. The shooting took place at a construction site along the 8900 block of Riverlachen Way. The neighborhood is near the Alafia River.

The armed coworker is a 43-year-old man who told deputies he was getting out of his vehicle at the time. He moved his firearm from his waistband to his pocket, he told deputies, when he accidentally tripped.

His gun fired and the bullet struck his coworker, who was working on the roof of the house.

The wounded 44-year-old was taken to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment. He was later pronounced dead there.

The shooter is cooperating with detectives. He told deputies the victim was a close friend of his.

The names of the shooting victim and shooter were not released by the Sheriff’s Office. The agency did not say if the armed man has a concealed carry permit.

No other details about the incident were released.

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