Bodycam video shows shooting that leaves 3 family dead, deputy hospitalized in Tampa

TAMPA, Florida. (WFLA) — Newly released body camera footage of the Hillsborough County deputy who was shot and killed in a shooting that left a family of three dead Saturday night.

Around 11:09 p.m., authorities went to a home on Cactus Wren Place in Tampa after receiving a call from a woman saying her son had a gun and that her husband had been shot.

The shooter, Christos Alexander, 19, was found outside with his mother.

In the video, the deputy can be heard yelling at the mother to get out of the house and at the teen to keep his hands up, not reach for his gun and let the mother walk toward the officials.

Deputies say Alexander shot his mother in the back of the head and fired his gun at Deputy Shane McGough, 26.

Five officers then returned fire at the suspect, who went back inside the house and barricaded himself.

The HCSO SWAT team, crisis negotiators and a robot arrived on scene to assist in entering the home. Deputies used their robot to enter the home through the front door.

The father was found dead on the right floor when officials entered the house before Alexander was found dead in another room.

“[The] the deputies are doing a great job,” Sheriff Chad Chronicer said Sunday. “Their training is starting. They are starting to help. They remove the deputy from this dangerous position and the place where he was exchanging gunfire, put him out of sight of our bad guy and immediately take life-saving measures by applying a tourniquet to his leg so that he does not doesn’t bleed.

According to Chronicler, Alexander lived with his parents. Police were called to the home 10 times before the deadly shooting, mostly for mental health services and violence against his parents.

The sheriff said there was also an active risk protection order against Alexander that led deputies to seize his weapons. Investigators are trying to find out how he obtained the gun used to kill his parents.

“The monster we encountered tonight was not only responsible for our deputy’s injuries, he was also the one who killed his own father and mother,” Sheriff Chronister said.

Deputy McGough underwent surgery Sunday morning to remove the bullet from his leg and had a rod inserted. He is expected to make a full recovery in three months.

The sheriff’s office said the four other deputies involved in this incident were Deputy Brandon Schade, 26; MP Richard Ziegler, 33; Deputy Bjar Atkins, 38; and MP Ciara Moncada, 34.

None of the deputies used deadly force before this incident, officials said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.

“To see this situation unfold is truly frightening,” Sheriff Chronicer said. “There is no doubt that the quick response of our deputies alleviated the threat to this community. Please keep Deputy McGough and his family in your prayers as he recovers from this morning’s surgery.

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