Man kills parents, injures deputy in standoff – NBC 6 South Florida

A 19-year-old man was killed in a shooting after killing both of his parents and wounding a deputy during a nighttime standoff in Tampa, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

A woman initially called for help, saying her husband had been shot, NBC6 affiliate WFLA reported. However, while the caller was on the phone with dispatch, several more shots were reportedly heard on the phone.

Officers later arrived at the scene and found 19-year-old Christos Alexander and his mother in front of the house.

The sheriff's office said the suspect then shot his mother in the back of the head and fired his gun at officers, wounding 26-year-old Deputy Shane McGough.

Five officers returned fire, hitting Alexander and knocking him to the ground, WFLA reported. However, he crawled back into the house and barricaded himself inside, HCSO confirmed.

The HCSO SWAT team, crisis negotiators and a robot arrived on scene to assist in breaking into the home, according to Sheriff Chad Chronister. Officers used their robot to enter the home through the front door.

“Unfortunately, the first person we found on the ground was the father,” said Chronister. “The father succumbed to his injuries.”

The SWAT team then reportedly entered the house and found Alexander in another room, dead from his injuries.

According to Chronister, officers were called to the home 10 times before the fatal shooting, mostly for mental health care and violence against his parents.

The sheriff said there was also an active risk protection order against Alexander, which led to officers seizing his weapons. Investigators are working to determine how he got the gun he used to kill his parents, WFLA stated.

Deputy McGough, who was injured in the shooting, is in good spirits and with his family, Chronister said in a social media update.