HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The investigation into a Newsome High School student being shot and killed inside a Tampa Police officer’s home is now in the hands of the State Attorney.
- Bradley Hulett, 15, shot, killed on December 13, 2019
- Hulett killed inside a Tampa police officer's home
- No charges have been filed at this time
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Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement only two of the three eyewitnesses have spoken to detectives, prolonging the investigation. He said now it’s up the state attorney to decide “who will be prosecuted as a result of this tragedy.”
The victim was Bradley Hulett, 15. His family’s attorney, Anthony Rickman, called him a star basketball player and a bright student. His four siblings looked up to him.
His sudden tragic death on December 13 has caused his family immense pain.
“It’s devastated the family. Its unimaginable the loss this family suffered. Words can’t express the loss that they’ve suffered,” Rickman said.
Rickman said Hulett was shot in the back of the head while wearing headphones and playing video games in one of his closest friend’s home, whose father is a Tampa police officer.
There were four boys in all inside the home at the time.
The police officer’s attorney, Richard Escobar, said the gun belonged to the police officer and was stored in a bedroom without the clip in it.
Rickman said the Hulett family is leaving it up to the state attorney to determine whether charges should be filed against the shooter and the police officer.
“Justice is getting the answers they didn’t get that night. Getting the answers they haven’t gotten over the last two months. If the state attorney finds a crime was committed, then justice would involve prosecuting anyone who violated Florida law in this case,” Rickman explained.
While nothing can bring Hulett back, Rickman said there are lessons to be learned from this tragedy.
“The Hulett family supports the right to carry a firearm and have a firearm, but when you have a firearm you have to store it responsibly. Also, if you pick up a firearm you have to assume it’s loaded,” Rickman expressed.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said they analyzed the crime scene, ballistics, social media, and have reviewed the medical examiner’s report and had discussions with the victim’s family while investigating this case. Rickman said the Hulett family wanted to thank the sheriff’s office for what they believe has been a thorough investigation.