Tampa man killed in hammer attack in Seffner - FOX 13 News

Tampa man killed in hammer attack in Seffner

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Brooks, 26, is facing one count of second-degree murder. He beat his victim to death with a hammer. Brooks, 26, is facing one count of second-degree murder. He beat his victim to death with a hammer.
SEFFNER (FOX 13) -

An argument between two Hillsborough County men turned deadly Saturday afternoon in Seffner.

It ended with one man dead and another behind bars following a nearly three-hour standoff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office's SWAT team.

Jarrett Kyle Brooks is being held without bond on one count of second-degree murder.

The suspect's weapon of choice was a hammer.

According to a HCSO report deputies were dispatched to 6427 Black Dairy Rd. in response to a disturbance call. Jonathan Acree, a 48-year-old Tampa man, was standing in the front yard talking to a friend when Brooks struck him from behind with the hammer.

He was transported to Brandon Hospital where he later died. By the time deputies arrived the suspect had retreated back inside his residence, Unit 9.

Investigators say Brooks barricaded himself inside and refused to come out. The SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene and attempted to reach the suspect and have him come out.

Brooks failed to respond to their multiple requests.

At approximately 4:30 deputies fired chemical agents into Brooks' home. Within several minutes he was outside and in custody.

He was the only person in the trailer.

Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the vicious assault.

Both men have prior brushes with law enforcement. Acree was a registered sex offender according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's database.

Nobody else was injured during the incident. About 100 nearby residents were temporarily evacuated but were later allowed to return to their homes.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

 

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