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Man shoots at 3 deputies at Tampa park, prompting HCSO investigation

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Shots Fired at Deputies in Tampa Park: HCSO Investigation underway

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a harrowing incident that took place at Beacon Meadows Park in Tampa on Sunday. Three deputies were shot at by a man identified as 32-year-old Anthony Carpenter, who had previously been trespassed from the park.

According to HCSO Chief Deputy Joseph Maurer, Carpenter was not allowed at the park due to his aggressive dog. When deputies approached Carpenter and asked him to leave, he refused to comply with their commands, leading to a tense standoff that lasted for 25 minutes.

Despite multiple attempts to de-escalate the situation, Carpenter remained defiant. Deputies even called in Animal Control Services in an effort to diffuse the situation, but Carpenter continued to resist their orders. When he noticed Animal Control on the scene, Carpenter walked into a field, prompting deputies to draw their tasers.

Even after being tased and falling to the ground, Carpenter reached into his jacket and fired three shots at the deputies. One of the bullets hit Deputy Kerr Craige’s service radio, causing a serious injury. Carpenter was eventually arrested, and a firearm and knife were found in his possession.

Carpenter is now facing multiple charges, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm. The State Attorney’s Office has announced that he will remain in custody until his trial.

Deputy Joseph Lopez and Deputy Sean Bush were also involved in the incident. The full press conference from Chief Deputy Maurer can be viewed for more details on this alarming event.

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