TAMPA — As it continues to investigate a shooting by a deputy that left a teenager critically injured, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for a person who was in the area at the time the shots were fired.
The Sheriff's Office on Monday released photos of the person apparently taken from surveillance video of a convenience store. According to the agency, the person was in the area of the Circle K at N Nebraska Avenue and Skipper Road at about the time when Deputy Daniel Estanislau shot a 17-year-old boy about 7:45 p.m. on March 26 while responding to a domestic violence call at the Jasmine Terrace Apartments on Skipper Road.
Citing exemptions to public records laws pertaining to juvenile suspects, the Sheriff's Office has not released the teen's name.
Anyone with information about the person is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers, (800) 873-8477.
Estanislau on Friday provided the Sheriff's Office with "a statement concerning the events that transpired on the evening of the shooting," the news release says. The agency's guidelines say deputies involved in shootings in the line of duty provide a statement within 48 hours of the incident.
Estanislau, 26, has also hired an outside attorney to represent him. The Sheriff's Office has not released the attorney's name.
According to an account of the incident previously released by the Sheriff's Office, Estanislau feared for his life because he thought the teen was armed. No weapon was found at the scene.
Meantime, the Sheriff's Office says detectives have conducted additional interviews, forensically mapped the shooting scene, obtained and reviewed all forensic evidence and submitted Estanislau's firearm to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis. Once complete, the investigation will be sent to the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office for review.
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