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Male Arrested After Tampa Police Find Loaded Guns During Pro-Active Patrol


Tampa Police Officers recovered two guns, one of which was reported stolen, and arrested an 18-year-old for carrying a concealed firearm.

On May 18, 2024, at approximately 10:30 pm, Tampa Police Officers were conducting proactive patrols in the South Howard area. Officers at S. Howard Ave and W. Swann Ave. observed two males, including the 18-year-old defendant, later identified as Bryce Rivers (black male 1/28/2006), loitering around a blue BMW before walking away from the car.

Officers approached the car and, after seeing a black and tan handgun in plain view, immediately began surveillance.

As the subjects returned to the car, officers approached them to conduct a field interview. The previously observed firearm, a loaded Taurus G2C 9mm, was recovered during a search of the car. During the investigation, a second firearm, a loaded purple Taurus G2C 9mm handgun that had been reported as stolen in 2021, was also recovered.

"The keen observation skills displayed by our officers resulted in the recovery of two guns,” said Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw. "These dedicated efforts are a win for public safety and highlight the commitment of our department to keeping Tampa a safe place to live, work, and visit."

Rivers was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm. He was transported to Orient Road Jail.