BRANDON, Fla. — An investigation is underway after a deputy-involved shooting Monday afternoon.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said, just before 12:30 p.m., a man called 9-1-1 from the Heaven Sent Daycare Center, after running across the road from the Cypress Trace Apartments. He told police his ex-girlfriend had pointed a gun at him after he got out of the shower in her apartment because she found something on his phone and got mad.
According to HCSO, the man's ex-girlfriend, 39-year-old Terrell Green, chased him through the apartment complex with the gun and then got in her vehicle to find him after he was able to get away.
"While deputies were responding to the daycare center to speak with the victim, Green located him from the road and pulled into the parking lot," HCSO said. "Deputy Michael Castelli and Deputy Kristina Gautier approached Green's vehicle as she continued to roll through the parking lot. After spotting a handgun in the vehicle, Deputy Gautier ordered the victim to get behind her. For the safety of the victim, the children and staff inside the daycare, and deputies on scene, Deputy Gautier discharged her firearm, striking the suspect inside the vehicle in the upper body."
Green, per HCSO, was transported to TGH with "non-life-threatening injuries."
"This suspect had no regard for the safety of our deputies, the victim or the children inside the daycare. In hunting this victim down, her intent was to finish the job," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "I am proud of the work of our deputies and their quick actions that kept dozens of individuals out of harms way."
Green has three prior charges of child neglect with Riviera Beach PD and is now facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and false imprisonment.
Deputies Castelli and Gautier, who have worked with HCSO since 2019, have no prior use of deadly force incidents. Deputy Gautier is being placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues. In accordance with HCSO policy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.