An argument between two men in Valrico on Sunday ended with one of them fatally shooting the other, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The shooting happened after 2 p.m. at 3207 Partridge Point Trail, according to a sheriff's office release.
Deputies had the gunman in custody and interviewed him. However, he was released Sunday night based on the preliminary investigation, the sheriff's office said.
The case is still active and sheriff's detectives and the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office were conducting interviews and processing evidence.
The sheriff's office said the men, whose names haven't been released, were initially arguing on a basketball court. After being shot, the victim never made it to the hospital.
The victim was playing basketball with his 8-year-old daughter.
An argument took place between the shooter and some skateboarders, the sheriff's office said. The victim then defended the skateboarders.
The argument got heated and the shooter shot the victim, the sheriff's office said.
Garrett James, the victim's 17-year-old stepson, said his 8-year-old sister witnessed the exchange and shooting.
"He would never let anybody mess with another child," James said. "No matter if it was his child or somebody else's."
The victim served 20 years in the Air Force and retired two years ago, James said.
"Always been a good man. Never did anything horrible," James said. "Always offered to help anybody out when they needed it."
"My dad gave me a lot of good values," he said.
The sheriff's office said the Twin Lakes neighborhood is calm and deputies are rarely sent there. The cases usually involve property crimes and car burglaries, said sheriff's Sgt. George Mosher.
"Unfortunately it appears to be one of those situations that just got out of control," Mosher said.
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