Tampa police made an arrest last week of a suspect they say was involved in a fatal altercation last month at a local nightclub.
According to police, the 36-year-old suspect was at a local nightclub when he became embroiled in an affray in the parking lot early on the morning of January 3. The suspect allegedly fought with the 32-year-old victim, claiming he was responsible for an article of personal property the suspect discovered missing not long before.
Authorities say the victim produced a firearm during the fight and aimed it at the victim, but he did not fire a round. They say he put the gun away and returned to fisticuffs, which ultimately caused the victim to lose his footing. At that point, per police, the suspect began to kick the victim while he was on the ground.
The victim’s injuries were severe, necessitating first responders to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation upon him at the scene. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he ultimately expired due to injuries sustained in the fight.
The suspect was arrested shortly after the altercation and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence. He posted a $2,500 bond and was released later that day while police investigated the episode. He was re-arrested on Wednesday and charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault with a firearm on the strength of new evidence uncovered in the course of the subsequent investigation.
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