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Hillsborough deputy fires at felon with gun after he refuses to follow commands

Posted at 1:31 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 06:36:10-05

A suspect is behind bars in Hillsborough County after a deputy-involved shooting on Wednesday morning. 

Deputies say they responded to a 911 call about a man seen with a gun knocking on doors and ringing doorbells in a neighborhood around 10 a.m. on November 29. 

The suspect, Guy Russell McDonald, 49, left the area in a van before deputies arrived. They located him in a field behind the neighborhood with a female passenger. After deputies made contact with McDonald, he got out of the van with a gun in hand and he refused to drop his weapon after multiple commands from deputies. Deputy Mijail Sequeira fired at and struck McDonald one time. According to a press release, Deputy Sequeira was in fear for his life and that of others. 

The female passenger has not been identified yet. She was transported to a local area hospital for conditions not related to this incident. McDonald was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where he was treated and released. Deputies interviewed him before transporting him to the Orient Road Jail. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Deputies found that McDonald is a registered sex offender in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and has prior criminal charges which include, crimes against children, larceny and burglaries. 

Deputy Sequeira, 31, was placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation per Sheriff's Office policy in use of force investigations. He joined the Sheriff's Office on April 27th, 2014, he has no disciplinary record and is assigned to District IV Patrol.

The investigation is ongoing.