Suspect shot at Sheriff's Office

By MIKE BRASSFIELD, Times Staff Writer
Published September 13, 2007

TAMPA - A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy shot a carjacking and bank robbery suspect in the leg Wednesday night inside the sheriff's District 2 headquarters on Falkenburg Road after the suspect tried to wrestle the deputy's gun away, sheriff's officials said.

The injury to the suspect, Tracey Alderman, 29, was not life-threatening, deputies said.

State prison records show Alderman got out of prison Sept. 2 after serving a 21/2-year sentence for felony battery by strangulation.

Wednesday night's shooting followed a carjacking in which Alderman took a woman and her 9-year-old son captive shortly before 5 p.m. in the parking lot of a Sweetbay Supermarket in Seffner, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway.

Callaway said the woman was accosted from behind and was shoved into the car with her son.

They drove to Suncoast Schools Credit Union at 901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and went through the drive-through, where the suspect sent a teller a note saying he had a bomb. He drove away with cash.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the woman and her son got out of the car and ran to an Advance Auto Parts store.

Deputies found Alderman in the 2001 Chevy Cavalier outside a Metro PCS phone store at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Kingsway Road.

They arrested him and took him to the sheriff's District 2 heaquarters at 2310 N Falkenburg Road.

About 7:30 p.m., while he was being questioned, Alderman asked to use the restroom, Callaway said.

As a deputy accompanied him, Alderman tried to wrestle the deputy's gun away, he said, and the deputy shot him in the thigh.

Alderman, of 5338B Pine St., Seffner, was charged with carjacking, two counts of kidnapping, and robbery with threat of a destructive device, Callaway said. More charges were pending.