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Hillsborough deputies fatally shoot armed man, discover another body inside house

THONOTOSASSA — A concerned caller brought two Hills­borough County sheriff's deputies Tuesday to a gated estate in a sprawling neighborhood of mansions near Lake Thonotosassa.

"When deputies arrived," said Col. Donna Lusczynski, "they were confronted by a man with a gun."

He ignored commands to drop the weapon, Lusczynski said, and instead started to raise the firearm.

The veteran deputies opened fire, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, leaving the gunman fatally wounded outside — and leading to the discovery of another body inside the home at 11008 Smoken Gun Lane.

The man found inside the home appeared to be the victim of a homicide, but deputies did not disclose how he was killed.

Hours after Tuesday's confrontation, sheriff's officials had disclosed few details about the fatal shooting outside the home or the dead man found inside it.

The Sheriff's Office also didn't identify either person — gunman or homicide victim.

Lusczynski said neither deputy involved in the shooting was injured.

They were identified as Deputy Mark Barnwell, 52, who has been on the force for 29 years, and Deputy Izzy Roquemore, 45, who has 15 years on the job. Neither has been involved in a shooting before, Lusczynski said.

After the incident, they were both placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

The chain of events started about 3:17 p.m., when Barnwell and Roquemore were dispatched to Smoken Gun Lane to investigate a report of a disturbance in the neighborhood. Officials did not say what the disturbance was.

The 5,000-square-foot home sits on 3.4 acres surrounded by a fence. An iron gate blocks the driveway, which empties onto Fort King Highway.

The home is located in the Winners Circle subdivision near U.S. 301, between John B. Sargeant Sr. Park and Lake Thonotosassa. The neighborhood is home to some well-known community figures such as former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink and recreational vehicle entrepreneur Don Wallace.

The deputies said when they arrived at the home, an armed man approached Barnwell and Roquemore. Both deputies ordered him to lower the gun several times. When he raised his gun instead, they fired, Lusczynski said.

Public records show Scott Tomlinson owns the property where the home is located. He also owns a nearby company, Tomlinson Brothers Plastering Inc., with his brother, Todd Tomlinson, according to records.

Attempts to reach members of the Tomlinson family Tuesday evening were unsuccessful.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Zack Peterson at or (813) 226-3368. Follow @zackpeterson918.