TAMPA, Fla. - On Wednesday, Deputy Adriel Gonzalez was awarded the Silver Cross after being shot while responding to a domestic dispute on September 24. Gonzalez and his partner were trying to speak with a man who reportedly struck his mother. While talking to the man through a locked bedroom door, he shot Deputy Gonzalez in the right arm.
"Something of that magnitude that happens so fast your mind doesn’t process it right away. So I think it took me a minute or two," Gonzalez said. "You can show up to what you may believe is one thing and in then in a matter of minutes there's a complete 180," he added.
Gonzalez’s story is similar to Tuesday's deadly deputy-involved shooting in Riverview. What appeared to start as a medical-type call, ended with a deputy being forced to shoot an 88-year-old armed man, according to the sheriff.
It's the unknown that law enforcement deal with day in and day out.
"It doesn’t matter what the call notes state or what a complainant is calling in, you just never know what you’re showing up to," said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has fully recovered from the shooting and is back on the job.
FDLE is investigating Tuesday’s shooting, which is standard.