TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies were involved in a fatal shooting Thursday morning.
No deputies were injured.
- Hillsborough deputies involved in shooting
- Responded to call of mother being stabbed by son
- Romello Barnes, 22, shot, killed after refusing to drop weapon
- Video: Press conference from sheriff's office on case
The shooting happened around 10 a.m. at the River Pointe Apartments in the 8000 block of Hidden River Drive in Tampa after deputies responded to a 911 call from a mother saying her son had stabbed her.
According to Sheriff Chad Chronister, deputies arrived to find the woman with a lacerated hand. Deputies found her son, 22-year-old Romello Barnes outside an apartment with a weapon.
Chronister said Barnes ran back into his apartment and deputies followed, including one with a K-9.
Authorities said Barnes refused their commands to drop the weapon, even after the K-9 was deployed. Ultimately the deputies fired. Barnes died at the scene a short time later, Chronister said.
The mother was taken to an area hospital to be treated.
Chronister added that the family had been in Florida about a year and deputies had responded to at least eight 911 calls at their apartment. The calls ranged from mental health checks to domestic violence and sexual battery.
Deputies Matthew Moyer, Miguel Guerra, and Jamar Colon are all on paid administrative leave which is standard protocol for deputy-involved shootings.