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Seven people arrested during overnight protests in Hillsborough County

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 20-139


Sunday May 31, 2020 3:01 PM


Hillsborough County Tampa, FL

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven people during overnight protests in the county.
Those arrested were charged with burglary, grand theft, battery on law enforcement officer, carrying a concealed firearm and petit theft.
Deputies also responded to several incidents involving businesses and residential areas.
  • 15 In-progress business burglaries
  • 6 Just occurred business burglaries 
  • 2 Delayed business burglaries 
  • 1 Delayed burglary of a residence
  • 1 Shooting (The shooting occurred in the parking lot of a residence and appears to be unrelated to the protests.)
As owners and workers return to their businesses this morning, it is possible that these numbers could change. If you have been affected, you're asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200. If you're in immediate danger, please dial 911.
Two deputies responding to the protests were injured. Both suffered minor injuries and have since been released from the hospital. 15 HCSO vehicles were also damaged during yesterday's protests. 
“Throughout the day, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office ensured the safety of those peacefully protesting,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Unfortunately, as the night went on, individuals came out who were focused on chaos instead of change. I'm proud of the discipline, professionalism and focus of law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to contain and deescalate the violence that has unfolded.”