“Man Identified as Michael A. Bresnahan Dead After Opening Fire on Tampa Police”

By | July 19, 2023



A tragic incident unfolded in Hillsborough County, Florida, when a man opened fire on multiple Tampa Police Department (TPD) officers. The incident began when the gunman, identified as Michael A. Bresnahan, repeatedly stabbed the mother of his young children in front of them. The woman suffered 13 stab wounds and is currently hospitalized due to her injuries.

After the stabbing, Bresnahan fled the scene with the children and dropped them off at his brother’s house. It was there that he reportedly stole an AK-47 rifle that belonged to his brother. Police began following Bresnahan when they spotted him driving near Dale Mabry Highway and Spruce Street. Eight minutes later, he pointed the gun at the officers, leading to a chase.

Police helicopter video shows officers attempting to stop the chase, but Bresnahan managed to evade them by crashing through the fence of a trash facility. However, the pursuit came to a tragic end when Bresnahan collided with the path of a blue car near the intersection of Gladys Street. Immediately after the crash, he opened fire from his SUV, prompting 18 officers to return fire. Bresnahan was ultimately killed by what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot.

The incident highlights the danger posed by individuals who are a threat to the community. Chief Lee Bercaw stated that Bresnahan was a “public menace” and emphasized that no one should have to witness the chaos caused by such individuals.

Although video footage shows that multiple bystanders were in proximity to the shootout, no one was injured. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative duty as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conducts an investigation.

This tragic event serves as a reminder of the risks faced by law enforcement officers and the importance of their role in protecting communities. It also emphasizes the need for continued efforts to address domestic violence and ensure the safety of those affected..