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Deputies arrest suspect a block from fatal Tampa shooting

William Dennard Jr., 20, of 4225 Empire Place, Tampa, was arrested in the shooting death Monday of 26-year-old Bernard Jinks of 3757 Fairview Cove Lane, Tampa. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
William Dennard Jr., 20, of 4225 Empire Place, Tampa, was arrested in the shooting death Monday of 26-year-old Bernard Jinks of 3757 Fairview Cove Lane, Tampa. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Feb. 7, 2018

TAMPA — A 26-year-old man was fatally shot on Monday night and deputies said they quickly arrested the man who pulled the trigger, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The man who died was identified as Bernard Jinks. Police arrested William Dennard Jr., 20, on charges of second-degree murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

The shooting took place at about 11 p.m. Monday outside Shubh Mini Market, 3207 Orient Road. A call to 911 about gunshots brought deputies to location. There, they found Jinks suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was rushed to Tampa General Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Deputies obtained a description of a man seen leaving the store and find Dennard nearby. In his front pocket, deputies said he was carrying a 9 mm pistol with 4 rounds in the magazine and 1 round in the chamber.

Surveillance video from the shooting scene showed Dennard approaching Jinks, backing away, then raising a firearm and shooting, according to the Sheriff's Office said.

Dennard, of 4225 Empire Place, was being held in the Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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