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Deputies: Man arrested after deadly shooting at gas station

Detectives said they used phone records to determine this was a drug deal between two people.
Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

GIBSONTON, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says it has arrested an 18-year-old man accused of shooting and killing another man Monday at a gas station in Gibsonton.

Deputies said Deleno Spencer Madariaga shot the other man just after 10 p.m. at the Murphy USA gas station.

Responding deputies found the man on the ground. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he later died.

Detectives said they used phone records to determine this was a drug deal between Madariaga and the person who died.

"This shooting occurred in a very public setting. We are thankful that no one else was hurt," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "With the help of witnesses, we were able to quickly identify the suspect responsible. Our investigation is ongoing as we work to learn what lead up to this senseless act of violence." 

Madariaga is charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. 

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