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Plant City Man Facing First-Degree Murder Charge After Allegedly Deadly Carjacking

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Prosecutors are adding a murder charge to a Plant City man's list of charges after a person he allegedly shot during a carjacking last week passed away.

Authorities say the individual responsible is a 27-year-old man on Colson Road last Tuesday who attempted to hail passing drivers while brandishing a firearm. Shortly after reports of this man's alleged actions began coming in to deputies, they say they received another report telling of a critically wounded driver at Colson and Tower Ridge Lane.

Deputies say they followed the defendant via helicopter to an area with tall grass, where other deputies approached him with guns at the ready. A deputy with a semiautomatic rifle shot the defendant, who was subsequently taken to hospital. His condition was not disclosed by deputies.

Meanwhile, the motorist allegedly shot by the defendant was taken to hospital via helicopter. The man subsequently died as doctors addressed his injuries.

Investigators have not stated a suspected motivation for the alleged actions, but they say they are continuing to investigate.

The defendant was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on January 14. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree murder, carjacking, and shooting within or into a vehicle. He continues to be held in custody without bond.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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