DATE/TIME: Thursday December 24, 2020 @ 3:06 PM
SUBJECT: Renardo Bucklon, black male (12/10/1976)
LOCATION: 2904 Melburne Blvd
After more than 21 hours, an armed barricaded subject was finally taken into custody.
DETAILS: An armed male barricaded himself, alone, in one of the rooms of the Rodeway Inn. Tampa Police originally responded to the report of a disturbance just after 3:00 PM on Dec 24, where there was a report of a physical altercation that escalated to gunshots being fired by the subject. The victim, in this case, was not struck.
Officers arrived on scene to find the subject, later identified as Renardo Bucklon, had barricaded himself inside a room, still armed. Officers immediately attempted to de-escalate the subject and negotiate with him to come out of the room. A section of the motel was evacuated.
Just after 9:00 PM, officers heard a gunshot coming from inside the room. Officers then attempted to approach the room to check on the welfare of the barricaded subject. As they got closer to the door, Bucklon shot at the officers, striking their ballistic shield. The officers did not return fire. Thankfully, no officers were injured. (photo of shield attached)
Negotiators worked for hours to resolve the situation and have Bucklon exit the room peacefully. Just after midnight, officers deployed a chemical irritant into the room. Bucklon responded by shooting from inside the room multiple times. The officers, again, did not return fire.
Just after 1:00 AM, officers made another tactical approach to get an interior view the room and found male had barricaded himself inside the bathroom. Officers pleaded with the male to surrender peacefully. However, the subject again opened fire on the officers multiple times, forcing them to return fire. Officers then took cover and continued their ongoing attempt to negotiate with the subject, encouraging him to drop his weapon and surrender.
Bucklon has an extensive criminal history, spanning almost 30 years, with numerous convictions on weapons and drug charges leading to multiple prison terms.
Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have responded to provide backup and relief for some of the Tampa Police Tactical Response officers who have been working this situation for over 16 hours.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) will conduct the primary investigation into the officer-involved shooting aspect of the event.
After more than 21 hours, Renardo Bucklon was successfully taken into custody just before noon on Dec 25, after officers made a tactical entrance into the room where Bucklon was barricaded.
Bucklon was transported to the hospital with, what appears to be, minor non-life-threatening injuries.
Thankfully, no officers or citizens were injured during this lengthy standoff.
This remains an active, evolving situation. Updates will be provided as they become available.