BRANDON, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced that the man who shot a deputy and had an hours-long standoff with law enforcement has been arrested.
The sheriff says early Friday deputies responded to the 1000 block of N Taylor Road in Brandon in reference to a domestic violence incident. The sheriff says the suspect struck his mother several times.
Deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect, James Allen Jackson, 48. However, deputies say Jackson refused to leave the room he had barricaded himself in.
Jackson then shot one of the deputies through the door.
"He ambushed deputies and fired a single shot through a closed door, striking Deputy Gonzalez. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he received treatment and was later released. No deputies returned fire at this time."
The injured deputy, Deputy Adriel Gonzalez, was released from the hospital and is expected to recover. Sheriff Chronister credits their ballistic vests for narrowly saving the Deputy Gonzalez's life.
Hillsborough SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, and Bomb Disposal Team were called in.
Multiple tactics were used to force Jackson from the home including using chemical agents. Jackson had been barricaded inside the home for several hours before SWAT entered the home. He was shot by Deputy Sankar Montoute, 38, two times.
The hours-long standoff was called off around 4:30 p.m.
Officials say Jackson was then taken into custody and conscious on the way to the hospital.
Deputy Montoute is a nine-year veteran with no prior use of force incidents.
“Our team made every attempt to get the suspect to surrender peacefully," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "We witnessed a great deal of patience and professionalism from the brave men and women of HCSO. We are thankful for Deputy Gonzalez’s bravery and commitment to protecting the citizens of Hillsborough County. Every day, our deputies leave their homes not knowing what the day will bring. Today, we are grateful that this courageous deputy will make a full recovery.”
Jackson has no previous criminal history. However, the sheriff says Jackson has been Baker acted four times, including one that was voluntary. He was also Marchman acted once.
And less than two weeks ago, deputies responded to the home after Jackson got into an argument with a neighbor. Family members attempted to have a judge garnish an involuntary Baker Act at that time, but the judge did not grant it.
He faces two counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer and a domestic violence charge. Additional charges are pending.