TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy said he was forced to shoot a man who threatened the deputy with a knife.
The deputy was responding to a call about a possibly suicidal person at a home on Gregory Drive, off E Bearss Avenue.
According to Sheriff Chad Chronister, this call marked the eighth such call to the same address in the last year.
Tuesday, a family member called to say Jesus Calderon, 52, had cut his wrists in an attempt to take his own life.
When Deputy Kevin Stabins arrived, Calderon got up from a chair and came toward him. Despite the deputy's requests for Calderon to drop the knife, Jesus continued and the deputy fired his weapon, according to Sheriff Chronister.
Calderon was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead.
The sheriff said the seven previous calls to the home, dating back to Sept. 2018, were all similar: There was a suicidal subject who had some sort of cutting object.
Each of those incidents ended in the man being taken into custody under the Baker Act.
When asked what he thought could have helped prevent this incident, he gave a one-word answer: "Treatment"
"We need to make treatment available for everyone who needs it," Chronister said. "As a family member, as a friend, as a community, we need to make sure that individuals, that we identify that need treatment, get the desperate help that they need."
After being notified of Calderon's death, a family member who appeared to be in distress was taken to the hospital for observation, the sheriff said.
Deputy Kevin Stabins, 42, has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office since 2000. Sheriff Chronister said the deputy has never used deadly force on the job until now.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.