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Lew G. Tyree II, 41
Brandon, Florida
March 04, 2014

Last updated: 8 months ago

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Deputies early Tuesday shot and killed a man they say stabbed a neighbor's cat, tried to break an apartment window and charged them with a butcher's knife, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said.

The incident happened just before 6 a.m. in the 2100 block of Bloomingdale Villas Court in Brandon. The man was later identified as 41-year-old Lew G. Tyree II. No one else was injured.

Several 911 callers around 5:30 a.m. reported that a man was walking through the neighborhood with a butcher's knife "acting crazy," the sheriff's office said. Some callers said the man had stabbed a cat and that he was threatening people with a 20-pound barbell.

Gee said that when deputies arrived, they found Tyree carrying the knife and weight. Gee said the deputies made several attempts to subdue the man, including the deployment of a Taser, before three of them fired multiple shots at him.

Deputies Steve Gutierrez, 35, Marina Stroud, 34, and James Maiello, 25, have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.