Officers Make Quick Arrest After Hearing Shots Fired During Their Roll Call

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INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 3/10/2013 at 8:07 PM

LOCATION: E. Estelle Ave / N. Scott Street

BUSINESS: Tampa Park Apartments

VICTIM: Rhonda Wallace, B/F, DOB:03/23/72
1710 Simon Court.
Tampa, FL 33605

SUSPECT:  Mikeil Terrell Royal, B/M, DOB: 04/09/92
2915 W. Saint Conrad Street
Tampa, FL 33607

VEHICLE: 2011 Cadillac, black and silver in color

Sergeant L. Houston was holding her squad's roll call near the Tampa Park Apartments when the officers heard several gun shots. The entire squad responded to the location of Estelle Avenue and N. Scott Street. The officers quickly gave a bolo of the description of the two vehicles involved in the shooting through an interview of a witness.

Corporal D. Croteau observed one of the vehicles near N. 13th Street and E. 9th Avenue and the vehicle suddenly stopped in a parking garage. The defendant exited and fled into the garage. A perimeter was established and Sgt. C. Rodriguez's ROC Squad arrested the defendant. Inside the vehicle was the handgun he used in the shooting.

The shooting began during a verbal argument between the defendant and his mother. The defendant fired several rounds into the air while arguing with his mother and several bystanders intervened. The defendant then fired several times in their direction striking an unoccupied-parked vehicle, as well as an occupied apartment located at 1710 Simon Court. One of the bystanders, who is still unidentified returned fire at the defendant missing him. No one was reported injured during the shooting.

Defendant Royal was charged with Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling, Shooting into an Unoccupied Conveyance, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Resist arrest without Violence, and Discharging a Firearm in Public. The defendant is on probation for Aggravated Battery and his probation was violated.

Lt. K. Schoolmeesters
Tampa Police Department
District Three