- OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING UPDATE
- SUBJECT CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSUALT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT
- ARRESTED: Isaac Denmark (black male) 1/23/1964
- VICTIMS: Officer 1: 28-year-old white male (4 years @ TPD); Officer 2: 38-year-old white female (1 year @ TPD)
DETAILS: On March 17, 2021 at approximately 10:05 PM, two Tampa Police officers were traveling south on N. 22nd St at E. Hamilton Ave when they observed the defendant, later identified as Isaac Denmark, walking in the middle of N. 22nd St with what appeared to be a long gun/rifle in his hands. The male officer stopped the marked police vehicle, exited the vehicle and gave loud verbal commands to the defendant to “drop the gun”. Denmark stopped walking, turned towards the officers and began to shoulder the gun while facing and pointed the gun at the officers. Denmark’s actions placed both officers in fear of being shot. One officer fired his handgun at Denmark, missing him, but causing him to drop the gun and comply with the commands.
During a post-Miranda interview, Denmark admitted to knowing that a police officer was commanding him to drop the gun that he was holding, turning and facing the officer while holding the gun in his arms near his shoulder, and knowing his air rifle would appear to be a real firearm. Denmark stated that he knew the air rifle, if pumped six times, could penetrate a person’s shirt, skin and puncture a lung and if shot in the head, could kill that person.
Demark was transported to Hillsborough County Jail, charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. The officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting.