Man shot dead outside Tampa apartment, girlfriend's son arrested for 2nd degree murder

TAMPA, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a domestic homicide that occurred in December in Tampa.

HCSO received the first 911 call at 1:43 a.m. with the caller indicating an altercation was taking place inside an apartment located in the 3800 block of N. Cortez Circle in Tampa.

When deputies arrived on scene they located Brian Vessell, 46, outside the apartment entrance deceased from multiple gunshot wounds, according to HCSO.

Detectives checked the residence and located an adult female inside the residence unharmed.

Detectives began a search for 22-year-old Tyler Bardin. They believe that Vessell and Bardin were involved in an altercation and that Vessell was shot multiple times.

HCSO says that Bardin is the son of Vessell's girlfriend and that the three lived together at the residence.

Throughout their investigation, they had reason to believe that Bardin was hiding in the apartment. In an abundance of caution, HCSO called out their crisis negotiation team and SWAT team to try to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution. 

After securing the residence, they began negotiations and attempted to make contact with Bardin. They had negative results.

Around 11:45 a.m. Bardin was seen trying to run out the back door of the residence at which time he was taken into custody. Following the investigation, Bardin was arrested on April 12 and charged with second degree murder with a firearm. 

There have been domestic calls at the residence in the past, according to deputies, but they are still researching to determine if they were related to the individuals involved in this investigation. They hope to determine if there was any self-defense issue and what the circumstances were.

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