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Father fatally shoots son in Riverview murder-suicide, deputies say

RIVERVIEW — Authorities released the names of two people found dead in a townhome early Monday but provided no details about what was behind the fatal shootings.

Zoltan Ambrus, 63, shot his son Tamas Ambrus, 41, once and then shot himself, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Deputies were called to Zoltan Ambrus' home at 4663 Pond Ridge Drive, in the Valhalla community, about 4:45 a.m. on Monday. They discovered the father's body in the garage and the son's body in the house, in an area between the living room and dining room. Both men died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Tamas Ambrus lived in Fort Pierce, according to the Sheriff's Office. Reached by phone Tuesday, his wife, Monika Ambrus, declined to comment.

County records show Zoltan Ambrus and his wife, Noemi, 41, bought the home in 2005. Noemi Ambrus also declined to comment. "This is a difficult time right now," she said.

Deputies were at the home eight days earlier for a domestic violence call.

About noon on April 2, Zoltan Ambrus punched Noemi with a closed fist during an argument, leaving a red mark on her nose, according to an arrest report. Ambrus was charged with misdemeanor battery, booked into the Hillsborough County jail and released the next day after posting $500 bail, records show.

Major C. Jones, who lives two doors down from the Ambruses, woke up Monday to find the street in the well-kept community filled with patrol cars.

Jones said Zoltan Ambrus worked as a handyman. He described him as a friendly neighbor who jump-started Jones' car a couple of times, made some repairs in his house and fed the ducks with Jones' two sons in the pond behind their homes.

"All I've ever known them to be is very good people," Jones said. "He's always been nice to my sons."

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