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HCSO: Undercover gun buy turns into deputy-involved shooting that injured two outside of Home Depot

Undercover gun buy leads to shooting
HCSO: 2 injured in deputy-involved shooting
Posted at 10:13 PM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 18:12:20-05

BRANDON, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that left two people injured Tuesday night outside a Home Depot.

A man and woman were shot by two deputies during an undercover investigation to get illegal guns off the streets. The shooting took place just after 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday night.



According to Public Information Officer Danny Alvarez, getting weapons off the streets is something the Sheriff's Office does often to keep people safe and guns out of the hands of criminals. ABC Action News has followed the sheriff's office efforts for months.

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The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Home Depot located at 9941 East Adamo Drive, according to officials.

Don Pittman said he heard 2 shots.

“When the shooting started, we ducked and ran into the place ‘cause we didn’t know where the bullets was coming from," Pittman said.

Pittman described commotion moments before the shooting.

“As we walked out of the Home Depot, you know, we could hear them yelling 'get on the ground...get on the ground'," he said.

The man and woman were transported to Tampa General Hospital. Authorities say the man is in critical condition. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.

No deputies were injured.

ABC Action News spoke to a woman, Wednesday, who said deputies shot her son and his girlfriend.

“He didn’t have any guns, but I don’t know....everybody is just giving bits and pieces. I’m straightforward. I don’t need to lie or anything like that," Cynthia Cantillo said.

Cantillo said she has not been able to see her son at the hospital.

“As a mother, I just want to know how my son is doing. I’m just….in the limbo," Cantillo said.

Authorities have not released the names of the two people involved nor any new details about the investigation.