Man wounded in Hillsborough deputy involved shooting

Posted at 7:50 AM, Jun 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 12:57:36-04

A man was shot at least once when he exchanged gunfire with two Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies at a house in Riverview overnight, authorities said.

Jamil Alejandro Valladares, 26, of Riverview, fired a semi-automatic handgun at the deputies multiple times when they responded to a domestic dispute call at 9525 Grovedale Circle in Riverview about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said in a news release.

Valladares' girlfriend, Krista Kariema Wong, 24, also of 9525 Grovedale Circle, Riverview, had reported Valladares had pulled her hair and ripped her robe during a domestic violence incident, the release states.

Deputy Austin O'Neill, 26, and Deputy Joshua Berrios, 29, returned fire and struck Valladares at least once. The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The deputies were unharmed.

Both deputies have been placed on routine paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

O'Neill is assigned to HCSO Patrol District 4 and is a two-year employee at the sheriff's office. Berrios also is assigned to Patrol District 4 and has been employed by the sherif'f's office for six months.

A man died in a similar incident in Pinellas Park overnight. Pinellas Park police returned gunfire with a man during a domestic dispute call. The suspect was shot and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.