Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Brandon
Matthew Borek , Alison Morrow
1:43 PM, May 14, 2013
9:37 AM, May 15, 2013
BRANDON, Fla. - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting the Brandon area.
It happened Tuesday, at 904 W Wheeler Road just after 1 p.m.
Sheriff David Gee said the suspect who was shot by one of his deputies was transported to Tampa General Hospital, and pronounced dead.
During a media briefing, Gee said the man shot and killed was one of their "most wanted" suspects.
He was wanted for auto theft and other crimes.
After notifying family members, HCSO released his name. Bobby Earl Driggers, 50, has a criminal history that dates back decades and crosses the country.
He served a sentence for murder in Kansas.
Sheriff Gee said Deputy Jack Thompson, an 18-year-veteran, went to the area to serve a warrant and arrest Driggers. According to Gee, Driggers then grabbed Thompson's gun which resulted in a fight between the two in the backseat of a red Jeep.
"The magazines have been stripped off, they're on the ground. His badge is on the ground. The bad guy has his gun (still) in the holster," Sheriff Gee said.
Deputy Manny Gonzalez, a 16-year-veteran, arrived and ended up shooting the suspect.
The shooting closed off Wheeler Road for hours, frustrating neighbors but not surprising them.
"I'd like to say it's shocking but it's not really, from what I've seen," Ernie Woodbury said.
Woodbury lives across the street. He's not sure if four or ten people live in the home, there are always so many people coming and going.
HCSO is still working to confirm why Driggers was one of them.
"My hope would be there's a couple of bulldozers over there and get rid of that place. It's a nuisance," said Woodbury. "All the neighbors think it's a nuisance, and we don't need it around here."