HCSO: Driver shot man at bar in self-defense

Posted at 2:30 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 08:05:11-04

A man is recovering at a local hospital after authorities said he was shot while holding a gun on a couple outside of a Plant City area lounge and package store.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, Tyler Ray Howell, 19, of Ocala, climbs out of the passenger seat of a blue vehicle driven by an unknown man.

He approached a red vehicle driven by Durrell Anthony Boswell, 23, of Plant City, sheriff's officials said. Howell aimed a silver handgun at Boswell and an unidentified woman, who was a passenger in the red vehicle.

In an act of self-defense, Boswell pulled his 9mm handgun and shot at Howell, striking him twice, a sheriff's release states.

Boswell and Howell both left the scene separately, but both returned. Howell was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. When Boswell returned, he cooperated with detectives.

Boswell and his female passenger said they did not know Howell.

Surveillance video captured the incident, but the sheriff's office does not plan to release it.

No charges have been filed, but are pending.