Deputy Involved Shooting- SAO Conclusion

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Office of the State Attorney
Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida
Pasco and Pinellas Counties

Deputy Robert Smith
Age: 27
Date of hire: 11/28/2016

Deputy Daniel Abbott
Age: 37
Date of hire: 12/17/2018

Corporal Anthony Hellstern
Age: 33
Date of hire: 01/06/2013

Detective Damarcus Flournoy
Age: 30
Date of Hire: 04/24/2017

Robert Hubbard (Suspect- Deceased)
Age: 43

PINELLAS COUNTY - The State Attorney's Office (SAO) released the results of their investigation into a shooting involving four deputies that left one man deceased in Safety Harbor. The shooting was deemed justified.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m. on June 30, 2022 at 2525 Philippe Parkway in Safety Harbor. The results of the SAO investigation were released on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

State Attorney Bruce Bartlett concluded in a letter that was sent to Sheriff Bob Gualtieri stating, “It is the conclusion of the State Attorney's Office that Deputy Smith, Detective Abbott, Corporal Hellstern, and Detective Flournoy shot and killed Robert Hubbard while in the performance of their legal duties, and the death constitutes a justifiable homicide under Florida Statutes §776.012.”

A copy of the letter from the State Attorney's Office is available here:

Posted by Amanda Sinni Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:21:00 PM Categories: General News

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