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Hillsborough deputies shoot Seffner man

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 09:29 PM

Four Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies opened fire on a Seffner man when he pointed a handgun at a deputy Sunday evening.

About 6:15 p.m., deputies were called about a man sitting on the porch of his home in Paradise Village Mobile Home Park, 9305 Victoria Lane, drinking alcohol and holding a handgun to his head.

When deputies arrived, they started talking with Craig Douglas Vilsack, 54, trying to get him to surrender the gun, according to the sheriff's office.

Vilsack kept drinking and, after about half an hour, got up and began waving the gun around, deputies said.

Then he walked to the front of the mobile home, where one of the deputies was standing, and the deputy ordered him to drop the gun. Instead, Vilsack pointed the gun in the deputy's direction, according to the sheriff's office.

Four deputies fired and wounded Vilsack. He was taken to the hospital, but his condition was not released Sunday night.

All four deputies – Sgt. Teddy Lynn, 48; Katherine Gabel, 27; Jeremy Goff, 25; and William Irwin, 27 – will be placed on administrative leave with pay pending a review of the shooting, according to a sheriff's office release.

None of the deputies were hurt.

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