Dade City Man Accused of Shooting Victim During Home Invasion Robbery
He threatened to shoot himself when deputies arrested him. A Pasco deputy talked him into putting down the gun and surrendering.
ZEPHYRHILLS – A Dade City man was peacefully taken into custody after a deputy successfully talked him out of shooting himself, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.
Eric Joshua Briscoe, 40, of Dade City, was charged with two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and one count each of Robbery Home Invasion with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Deputies had been searching for Briscoe in connection with a July 15 home invasion in Zephyrhills.
About 7:29 p.m. that day, Briscoe, who had a gun, broke into a Zephyrhills home and aimed the gun at the homeowner and a guest. According to the arrest affidavit, Briscoe told them to get face down on the floor.
When one of them refused, the affidavits said that Briscoe fired the gun, and hit the victim in the stomach. The victim was later taken to a hospital and treated for the wound.
Briscoe was identified through a photo array and, on Saturday, discovered he was staying at a Zephyrhills hotel.
Pasco deputies went to the hotel where they found Briscoe in his vehicle. As deputies approached the vehicle, they said Briscoe put a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself.
Over the next 45 minutes, K9 Dep. Nick Carmack established a rapport with the suspect and convinced him to put down the firearm and exit the vehicle. The situation was ultimately resolved peacefully and Briscoe was arrested.
Click here for a body cam video of the incdent.
PHOTO SHOWS ERIC JOSHUA BRISCOE, LEFT, AND PASCO DEPUTY NICK CARMACK WITH HIS K9 PARTNER SHEP. COURTESY OF THE PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
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