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Hillsborough deputy involved in shooting near USF

A man is in critical condition from gunshot wounds sustained when he was shot by a deputy this morning after he threatened the deputy with a gun. Hillsborough County deputies say the shooting occurred around 6:30 a.m. after Deputy James Woods, 44, a 16-year veteran, responded to a domestic dispute in an Oakbend Apartments unit at 1538 University Woods Place. Deputies say a female victim was in the apartment with a girlfriend when she heard her boyfriend, Carlos Rivera-Rodriguez, charging a weapon, readying it to shoot, in another room. The woman called authorities, and the dispatcher alerted Woods that Rivera-Rodriguez was armed, deputies say.
When Woods arrived, Rivera-Rodriguez was outside the apartment with the weapon. Rivera-Rodriguez was ordered to drop the gun after he charged the weapon in a threat to shoot Woods. After failing to drop the gun on several requests, deputies say Woods shot Rivera-Rodriguez several times. Rivera-Rodriguez, 27, whose last known address was 811 East Grove Ave., Tampa, is undergoing surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and listed in critical condition, deputies say, adding he has a criminal history. Woods was not hurt, deputies say. Woods, assigned to the Homeland Security Division, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending administrative review. Stay with TBO.com for updates.
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