Man accused of fatally shooting victim at Polk County birthday celebration

Thomas Jackson, 35, faces second-degree murder charge

Thomas Jackson (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A man celebrating his birthday is accused of shooting and killing someone early Saturday, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said Thomas Jackson, 35, was arrested in the shooting that happened in unincorporated Davenport around 2:30 a.m.

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According to the sheriff’s office, Jackson and a few others were celebrating his birthday when an argument began between the suspect and one of the people at the home. Deputies said the victim, who has not been identified, took Jackson outside to calm him down.

Two people inside the home said they heard gunshots and when they went outside, they reported seeing Jackson standing over the victim and a gun was on the ground, according to a release.

Deputies said Jackson claimed the victim “came at me” before shots were fired. The sheriff’s office said a card with instructions on what to say “post-incident” was found on Jackson and that there was no evidence a struggle took place.

Jackson faces a charge of second-degree murder with a weapon.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.