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Sheriff: Brandon woman shoots, kills armed intruder in fear for her life

Sheriff Chad Chronister says the two likely knew each other.
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

BRANDON, Fla. — Hillsborough County Sheriff's detectives are currently investigating an overnight shooting in Brandon. 

Deputies say the sheriff's office got a phone call around 4:30 a.m. about shots fired at Woodberry Woods Apartments on Tealwood Drive, which is off Grand Regency Blvd near Woodberry Road.

When deputies arrived, they found a man dead in the doorway of an apartment unit at the complex. 

Detectives say the intruder was knocking on a woman's apartment door just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The intruder then pushed the door open and began arguing with the woman, detectives say. 

According to HCSO, the intruder then confronted a man who was inside the apartment and shot him at least once on his lower body. His injuries are non-life threatening.

Fearing for her life, the woman then went into a bedroom and got a gun, detectives say. Another argument took place before gunfire was exchanged between the intruder and the woman. The woman shot the intruder, and he was later found in the doorway of the apartment unit by deputies. The woman was not injured.

"We believe the decedent and woman involved in this shooting knew each other," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "We are still investigating the events that led up to this incident, however, it does appear domestic in nature."

Deputies say the investigation is active and ongoing.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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