Deputies Fatally Shoot Armed Man During Disturbance Call

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 Brothers Dead in Deputy-Involved Shooting.

THONOTOSASSA, Fla. Blood and evidence markers lay on the driveway outside the Smoken Gun residence where two brothers were killed in Thonotosassa. [MICHAEL MAJCHROWICS | Times] THONOTOSASSA — The men involved in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a Thonotosassa mansion were brothers Scott and Todd Tomlinson, Hillsborough Sheriff’s officials said.

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.Todd Tomlinson, 53, was shot to death by two deputies in the driveway of a home at 11008 Smoken Gun Lane after he pointed a handgun at them, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The brothers owned Tomlinson Brothers Plastering, a Thonotosassa business they founded in 1984 after they became the fourth generation of Tomlinsons to go into the stucco trade, according to the company website.

When Todd didn’t comply and raised the firearm, deputies “in fear for their lives” fired at him. “The suspect was struck multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.” Deputies then searched the home and found the body of Scott Tomlinson, 51, in the kitchen. As the deputies then went to investigate inside the house, his younger brother, Scott, 51, was found dead near the kitchen with multiple gunshot wounds.

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. Todd Tomlinson, of Plant City, had called a family member about a domestic situation Tuesday afternoon and the family member called authorities, deputies said. The deputies involved in the shooting of Todd Tomlinson have been identified as Mark Barnwell, 52, a 29-year veteran; and Master Deputy Irazema “Izzy” Viera Roquemore, 45, a 15-year veteran. Online registration also is available for activities that include bean bag toss, basketball, billiards and lawn bowling; cycling, darts, dominoes and golf; horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming and tennis; table tennis and various track-and-field competitions.

There’s also competition in pickleball, a game played on a badminton-sized court with a 34-inch net, best described as a mix of table tennis, paddle tennis, badminton and tennis. The Tampa Bay Senior Games draw “between 500 to 700 participants annually and every year more seniors participate, said Debbie Robinson, a manager with Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

The neighborhood is home to some well-known community figures such as former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink and recreational vehicle entrepreneur Don Wallace. For recognition as a certified event, each local area effort must include at least 60 percent of the activities listed by the Florida Sports Foundation. While the games are designed to attract seniors of all ages and abilities, including those with limited mobility, a noticeable trend is apparent, she said. “More people are getting out than ever before,” Robinson said. “They’re not retiring and they don’t stop playing.

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