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UPDATE: Brandon Homicide Suspect Arrested

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 21-189



UPDATE: Brandon Homicide Suspect Arrested

UPDATE: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested a teenager for his involvement in the murder of a 16-year-old, on October 1, 2021.

Through investigation, detectives identified Jadon Christian Felix Saunders-Rigueur, 17, as the shooter.

"Unfortunately, a child is dead because of the irresponsible actions of another child,said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "This arrest reflects the unwavering dedication of our detectives who worked tirelessly until the suspect was taken into custody. This teen has irreparably impacted the lives of the victim's family as well as his own. He will face the consequences of his actions."

Saunders-Rigueur was taken into custody for 1st Degree Felony Murder while Engaged in Robbery, 3rd Degree Murder with a Firearm, Robbery with a Firearm, and Purchase of Cannabis. He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center without incident.  

ORIGINAL: The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Friday night in Brandon.

Deputies were called to the 1800 block of Lake Chapman Drive at 9:20 p.m., for reports of a possible shooting. Once on scene, deputies located one deceased male.

At this time, there is no information on the shooter. Detectives believe that this was a drug deal gone wrong, and there is no threat to the public. Detectives have determined the 16-year-old victim was shot in the parking lot of the Lakeshore Apartment Complex

“Tonight’s incident never should have occurred and had a tragic result,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “A teenager, a high school student, had his life cut short all because of a situation that could have been avoided.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call HCSO at 813-247-8200. This investigation remains active, any information will come from the Public Affairs Office.