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Former Navy SEAL wounded in South Tampa shooting dies

Detectives are still investigating the shooting of Timothy Martin. No charges have been filed.
Published Dec. 2, 2015

TAMPA — The man shot by the owner of Soho Backyard early Sunday morning died of his injuries late Monday night, Tampa police said.

Timothy Martin, 37, was a Navy SEAL who also worked as an actor and adviser on the films Zero Dark Thirty and Green Zone, according to LinkedIn. Martin, the father of a 4-year-old son, most recently worked at Yogani Studios Inc. and as an Uber driver.

"He was a really dynamic, vibrant, joyful personality," said friend and studio owner Annie Okerlin. "He was always the one joking and getting everyone to laugh."

Okerlin said she never knew him to be quick to anger. Martin was a towering man with an even bigger smile, Okerlin said.

"We'd see him kind of soft and gentle after practice," Okerlin said. "We realize all of us practicing yoga, we're here for our own reasons. You could tell he was doing the work in his life."

Martin had been practicing yoga at the studio since 2012 and was training to become a teacher. He aspired to work with veterans recovering from traumatic injuries. His own time in the yoga studio helped bring balance to his life, as he sought to find peace and mental calm while transitioning back after multiple deployments.

"He came to classes with the other vets and those were his people," Okerlin said. "That was his tribe."

Martin went to Soho Backyard, a bar at 610 S Armenia Ave., early Sunday and talked with co-owner and general manager Jeffrey Glenn, 33. The men, who knew each other, began arguing and then physically fighting, a report states.

Glenn backed off and armed himself with a gun, police said, then Martin charged him. That's when Glenn fired. Martin was taken to a local hospital, where he died Monday.

Detectives are still investigating the shooting and have not filed charges, said Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty.

"There's a couple possibilities of why there might not be charges at this point," Hergarty said. "There are some facts of the case that we still need to clarify. …

"The other possibility is a self-defense situation, a stand your ground situation."

Hegarty said once the investigation is completed, police will share that information with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, which will determine the charges.

Martin was a decorated service member with multiple combat deployments, Okerlin said, and was also a frequent participant in the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim.

"Tim was a huge supporter of our swim, but more importantly, a devoted father, war hero and great friend to many," organizers posted on the group's Facebook page. "He will be sorely missed. Fair winds and following seas, Tim."

A service will be held Saturday at Northdale Lutheran Church at 15709 Mapledale Drive. The visitation is at 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 11. Both are open to the public.

Contact Caitlin Johnston at cjohnston@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3401. Follow @cljohnst.

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