Officials Still Not Releasing Identity of Gunman Involved in Fatal Villa Road Shooting, Home Owner a Convicted Felon
SPRING HILL – On November 20th, RNRF broke the news of a fatal shooting that claimed the life of 28-year-old Brad Anthony Scott, after witnesses say an altercation took place between Scott and neighbor, Joseph Correa. (CLICK FOR ORIGINAL REPORT)
10-days after the incident, investigators with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office are still not releasing details of the shooting, including the identity of the alleged gunman.
Despite several witnesses who told RNRF that Joseph Correa is indeed the man responsible for the shooting, Officials still refuse to confirm that information, stating, “In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, I will not be able to release any information at this time.”
Through our own investigation, RNRF discovered that Joseph Correa is a convicted felon out of Suffolk County, New York, and that his rights to possess firearms have not been restored.
According to a recent Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Investigation, conducted on April 26th of this year, Deputies were alerted to reports that Correa possessed numerous firearms in his home and that he frequented Shoot Straight Gun Range in Tampa.
Nearly 10-days after Deputy Darrin Burger began his investigation, he was finally able to confirm that Correa is a convicted felon, and proceeded to make contact with him at his home on Villa Road. Joseph’s wife, Karen Correa showed Dep. Burger a gun collection that is kept in a safe located in the couple’s bedroom. But since Karen showed Dep. Burger a key to the safe that hangs around her neck, he was unable to charge Correa with being in possession of the firearms. Karen Correa is not a convicted felon; therefore, she has the right to possess firearms in the same residence as her husband.
There are several witness accounts as to what actually took place on the night of the shooting, but most witnesses say Joseph and the victim were heard screaming at each other prior to the shooting.
Some speculate that Scott was having a medical episode that led to him banging on the windows or door of the Correa’s home. Others say Scott was attempting to break into the home.
Regardless of what actually happened, officials say the Correa’s were “In fear of their own personal safety” when Scott was shot and killed.
RNRF will continue to follow case and provide more details as they develop.
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