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Shooting suspect arrested

By ABBIE VANSICKLE
Published June 7, 2006


RIVERVIEW - Thomas "Bo" Cannon lost his life in a quarrel with Deandre T. Woodruff over a $70 bill for electrical repairs, deputies say.

Woodruff, 27, a laborer, was arrested just before midnight Monday at his attorney's home after deputies accused him of firing a deadly shot Sunday through a bay window at Cannon's Riverview residence, hitting him in the back of the head.

"He felt that the best thing to do was to turn himself in," said his attorney, Eric Rubio. "He wanted to deal with this situation."

Woodruff, who lives at an apartment on Windermere Lake Drive, just off U.S. 301 in Brandon, did not want to talk to a reporter about the accusations, Rubio said.

Woodruff turned himself in after he learned through relatives that investigators were looking for him, Rubio said. Woodruff came to Rubio because he wanted to be sure he was taken into custody safely, Rubio said.

Rubio declined to discuss the charges against his client. Woodruff faces charges of second-degree murder and shooting into a building, according to an arrest report.

On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich ordered Woodruff held without bail at the Hillsborough County jail. Woodruff's only prior Florida arrest was for driving without a valid license, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Cannon's family declined to speak with a reporter about Woodruff's arrest. "I'm sorry, I don't have anything to say right now," said his widow, Tammi Cannon, 44.

Janice Bradburn, 71, and her husband, Edward, 73, live across the street from the Cannon home on quiet, residential Sanford Street.

Mrs. Bradburn was walking past her foyer when she heard a clanging sound, she recalled. She peered out the front window to see an man with a gun fire five to seven shots at her neighbor's home.

"I just went crazy," she said.

She called another neighbor, whose line was busy. She figured that neighbor was calling 911.

The Bradburns met Cannon years ago because he went to school with their son.

Edward Bradburn described Cannon as "abrasive" and "sort of blustery," someone who looked like a "rough individual."

But the Bradburns never had any problems with Cannon.

"I think that was more for show than anything," he said.

Cannon and his wife were good neighbors, the sort of people a family would like to have living across the street, he said.

The Bradburns hope Sanford Street will be quiet again soon.

"We're certainly hoping that this is an anomaly," Bradburn said.

Times researcher Cathy Wos contributed to this report. Abbie VanSickle can be reached at 226-3373 or vansickle@sptimes.com.

[Last modified June 7, 2006, 05:54:18]


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