State Attorney: Deputy’s Shooting of Armed, Suicidal Man Was Justified
No charges will be filed against the deputy.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A deputy who shot an armed, suicidal man was justified and will be be prosecuted, according to the conclusion of an investigation by Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren.
“Based on our review and an analysis of relevant facts and the law … the use of deadly force by Deputy [Kevin] Stabins was justified,” Warren wrote in a letter Tuesday (April 16) to Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. “No criminal charges shall be filed against this deputy.”
Stabins, 42, a master deputy, had been placed on administrative leave after the March 19 shooting that killed Jesus Calderon, 52. Stabins has been with the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office for 19 years. He has no prior shootings on his record.
Deputies were called by a family member of the deceased saying Mr. Calderon was attempting to commit suicide. Stabins responded to find Mr. Calderon armed with a knife and harming himself. Deputies said Stabins repeatedly ordered Mr. Calderon to put down the knife.
Mr. Calderon then approached Stabins with the knife in his hand in “an aggressive manner.” Stabins fired his service firearm multiple times, hitting Mr. Calderon. (For related story, click here.)
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