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Pasco sheriff’s dog captures man in fatal shooting, $100,000 robbery, deputies say

The victim’s girlfriend witnessed the shooting in their camper and said the gunman threatened her: “If you tell, I’ll kill you.”
A deputy's body-worn camera captures the scene when a sheriff's dog named Shep captured a man accused of shooting and killing another man and stealing a backpack containing $100,000 in cash and drugs, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
A deputy's body-worn camera captures the scene when a sheriff's dog named Shep captured a man accused of shooting and killing another man and stealing a backpack containing $100,000 in cash and drugs, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [ Pasco County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Apr. 1
Updated Apr. 1

HUDSON — A man shot and killed another man, stole a backpack containing $100,000 in cash and drugs and ran into the woods before he was taken down by a sheriff’s dog, deputies say.

Tyler George Burgos, 20, faces charges including homicide while engaged in robbery, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The agency said a woman who drove Burgos away from the scene, Destiny Marie Burgos, 21, was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer. Both also face numerous drug charges.

Early Wednesday, deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Lilly Lane in a Hudson mobile home park and found the body of a 26-year-old man.

Deputies said the man’s girlfriend said she heard six or seven gunshots, then saw him stumble into the bedroom of their camper and collapse. She said a man whom she and her boyfriend knew as “Savage” walked in, again shot the wounded man as he lay on the ground, then told her “If you tell, I’ll kill you,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Tyler Burgos, 20, faces a charge of homicide while engaged in robbery, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Tyler Burgos, 20, faces a charge of homicide while engaged in robbery, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [ Courtesy of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office ]

“Savage” then took a backpack containing about $100,000 in cash and drugs, deputies say.

The woman knew him as Ty Savage on Facebook and had his phone number, according to the Sheriff’s Office, which deputies learned belonged to Destiny Burgos.

Soon afterward, at about 1:30 a.m., her car was spotted on U.S. 19 near Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. A deputy activated his vehicle’s lights and sirens. The car’s driver tried to get away, according to the arrest report, turning onto Trouble Creek Road, then entering Rowan Road and maneuvering around traffic and tire deflation devices that deputies tried to use to shred the tires.

The car lost a tire and stopped at Plathe Road and Adam Morgans Road. The driver, Destiny Burgos, raised her hands but the passenger, Tyler Burgos, ran into the woods, the affidavit said.

Deputies chased Burgos for about four miles and then released Shep, a sheriff’s dog.

*** WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE *** In the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 31, deputies responded to a report of a shooting in Hudson, where they found a deceased adult male. Preliminary investigation determined that a suspect shot the victim, who was known to him, during a robbery and fled with a backpack that contained money. A few hours later, the vehicle was spotted in the New Port Richey area. The suspect fled when deputies attempted a traffic stop. Shortly after, deputies were able to deploy stop sticks and hit one of the car’s tires. The suspect continued to flee from deputies but ultimately stopped when the car became disabled from the stop sticks. The suspect fled into a wooded area and was quickly detained by K9 Shep and K9 Dep. Carmack. The suspect’s girlfriend was also in the car and was detained, and deputies located the backpack with money and a gun in the car. The suspect was arrested for the homicide. The below body worn camera, from Deputy Carmack, shows the end of the pursuit and the apprehension. We highlight these situations to again show the good work of our K9s and handlers, while also showing the dangerous situations in which they often work. However, our K9s also do so much more than tracking suspects, which is shown in this video. They also assist with locating missing and endangered children and adults, searching for those lost in natural disasters and many other specialities. The Pasco Sheriff's Office is proud of our robust K9 unit that serves our community.

Posted by Pasco Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 1, 2021

Footage from a deputy’s body-worn camera shows Canine Deputy Nick Carmack shouting for Burgos to put his hands up. “Please!” Burgos yells and screams in apparent pain as the dog bites his leg.

Deputies said they searched the car and found more than 100 grams of marijuana and more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, along with about 19 grams of oxycodone, 12 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana wax and other controlled substances.

Destiny Burgos, 21, faces a charge of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Destiny Burgos, 21, faces a charge of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [ Courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff's Office ]

The Sheriff’s Office said two guns were also found, on the passenger side floor and in a grey backpack. Both Tyler and Destiny Burgos were booked into the Pasco County jail. Tyler Burgos was being held without bail and Destiny Burgos was being held in lieu of $110,250 bail.

The Sheriff’s Office did not say if Tyler Burgos was wounded by the dog or required medical treatment.