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Neighbor Reacts to Cimmaron Run Drive Shooting Death in Valrico

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was on the scene Oct. 30 on Cimmaron Run Drive in Valrico, where a shooting death was reported the night before. A man in shorts was seen being transported from one squad car to another.

 

Ken Wilson was on his way to work this morning, Oct. 30,  when he stopped to inquire why there were so many Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office squad cars in his neighborhood, as well as a van for the forensics unit.

He was told what was reported earlier this morning, that the sheriff’s office was on the scene to  investigate a shooting death at 2005 Cimmaron Run Drive, north of Durant Road, in the Greater Brandon community of Valrico.

“This is just out of the ordinary,” said Wilson, who identified himself as the newly elected vice president of the Cimmaron Run homeowners association. “I’ve lived here for 25 years and nothing like this ever came even close to happening."

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Detectives this morning were on the scene collecting evidence. At one point, a man wearing shorts was transported from one squad car to another. 

“We had a [homeowners association] meeting the other night and we were talking about [how there] might be some activity going on here,” Wilson said, as his car idled near the home at 2005 Cimmaron Drive.

He did not comment further on that observation.

According to the sheriff’s report, the shooter called 911 on Oct. 29, at 11:30 p.m. and "stated that he had shot an intruder to his home."

The shooter and the victim reportedly knew each other and had "an ongoing dispute between them," the report notes. "It appears that the victim kicked in the door of the garage and was then shot by the resident.” 

The 5:30 a.m. report noted that detectives at the time were working to secure a search warrant and hoping to enter the residence within the next hour. Detectives were conducting interviews and had not yet released the names of both the shooter and the victim. Next of kin reportedly had been notified.

Brandon Patch was on the scene at around 7:30 a.m., and shortly after interviewed Wilson, who said he has lived on Cimmaron Run Drive for 25 years. “We were the first house,” he said. "This is a great neighborhood."

The scene unfolding before his eyes, he added, has no precedent in his neighborhood.

“What can you say,” he said. “I guess you can say it could happen to anyone.”

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Check back with Brandon Patch for updates.

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