Tampa Police Release Video of Officer-Involved Shooting
Tampa Police Department Press Release
DATE & TIME: Thursday December 24, 2020 @ 3:06 PM
SUBJECT: Renardo Bucklon, black male (12-10-1976)
LOCATION: 2904 Melburne Blvd.
OFFICERS: Sgt. Sean Stuart, 53 years old, 22 year TPD veteran; Sgt. Shannon Murphy, 43 years old, 17 year TPD veteran
On Dec 24, Tampa Police responded to the report of a disturbance with gunfire at the Rodeway Inn. The armed suspect, Renardo Bucklon, then barricaded himself in a room, leading to a 21-hour negotiation for his surrender. Officers worked to de-escalate Bucklon, who has an extensive history of violent crime.
Officers who attempted to approach the room were met with gunfire. One officer’s ballistic shield was struck by a bullet which became embedded. While negotiations were ongoing, less than lethal options, such as the deployment of chemical irritants, were used in effort to have Bucklon exit the room.
An exchange of gunfire occurred when SWAT officers attempted a tactical approach of Bucklon’s room. Bucklon was struck and sustained a non-life-threatening wound. He was eventually taken into custody and transported to the hospital, where he remains in stable condition.
Below is a basic timeline of events to coincide with the body-worn camera video being released.
3:06 PM – Tampa Police respond to the report of a disturbance at the Rodeway Inn.
4:03 PM – Negotiators engage in ongoing dialogue with Bucklon to have him surrender
8:47 PM – Officers hear a muffled shot coming from the room, approach to check on Bucklon and are fired upon; Negotiations continue.
12:06 AM – Chemical irritant deployed into the room, Bucklon fires out through the window
1:02 AM – Tactical approach of room begins
1:04 AM – Gunfire is exchanged between Bucklon and SWAT officers Stuart and Murphy
4:50 AM – Bucklon fires from inside room
6:29 AM – Bucklon fires additional rounds
8:00 AM – HCSO arrives
11:50 AM – Suspect taken into custody
During an exchange of gunfire, Bucklon was struck and sustained a non-life-threatening injury. He remains in the hospital at this time in stable condition. Bucklon has been charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Firearm Discharge) and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Additional felony charges are forthcoming.
Stuart and Murphy were placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues its investigation into the officer-involved shooting aspect of this event.
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After more than 21 hours, an armed barricaded subject was finally taken into custody.
DETAILS: An armed male barricaded himself, alone, in one of the rooms of the Rodeway Inn. Tampa Police originally responded to the report of a disturbance just after 3:00 PM on Dec 24, where there was a report of a physical altercation that escalated to gunshots being fired by the subject. The victim, in this case, was not struck.
Officers arrived on the scene to find the subject, later identified as Renardo Bucklon, had barricaded himself inside a room, still armed. Officers immediately attempted to de-escalate the subject and negotiate with him to come out of the room. A section of the motel was evacuated.
Just after 9:00 PM, officers heard a gunshot coming from inside the room. Officers then attempted to approach the room to check on the welfare of the barricaded subject. As they got closer to the door, Bucklon shot at the officers, striking their ballistic shield. The officers did not return fire. Thankfully, no officers were injured.
Negotiators worked for hours to resolve the situation and have Bucklon exit the room peacefully. Just after midnight, officers deployed a chemical irritant into the room. Bucklon responded by shooting from inside the room multiple times. The officers, again, did not return fire.
Just after 1:00 AM, officers made another tactical approach to get an interior view of the room and found the male had barricaded himself inside the bathroom. Officers pleaded with the male to surrender peacefully. However, the subject again opened fire on the officers multiple times, forcing them to return fire. Officers then took cover and continued their ongoing attempt to negotiate with the subject, encouraging him to drop his weapon and surrender.
Bucklon has an extensive criminal history, spanning almost 30 years, with numerous convictions on weapons and drug charges leading to multiple prison terms.
Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have responded to provide backup and relief for some of the Tampa Police Tactical Response officers who have been working in this situation for over 16 hours.
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