Date: Wed Aug 14, 2019 17:02:30
From: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Death investigation involving arrestee
Location: Parsons Avenue, Brandon, FL
Suspect (Deceased): Kaynesha Rhodes B/F, DOB: 95
On August 13, just after 11 p.m., deputies responded to an apartment at S
Parsons Avenue for reports of a domestic-related assault involving a gun. When
deputies arrived, Kaynesha Rhodes, 24, was being restrained by an individual
inside the apartment but no longer actively resisting. Deputies placed Rhodes
in handcuffs to prevent further violence and awaited EMS, which had already
been dispatched to treat the victims.
Speaking with two individuals on scene, deputies learned that Rhodes had once
lived with them at the apartment. She came over that night with a firearm,
pointing the weapon at two people inside. The victims tried to exit the
apartment, but Rhodes locked the door and would not let them leave. Rhodes
then put the firearm on the counter and picked up a baseball bat. She struck
one of the victims in the head. At some point during the altercation, Rhodes
also physically assaulted a child, biting off part of the juvenile’s finger. A
neighbor heard the commotion and called 911.
While speaking with the witnesses, deputies diverted their attention back to
Rhodes, who was breathing but now appeared unresponsive. They immediately
redirected EMS from the victims to Rhodes, who was transported across the
street, less than one mile away from the apartment complex, to Brandon
Regional Hospital. Once Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived at the
hospital, hospital staff continued medical treatment, but ultimately, Rhodes
was pronounced dead.
An official cause of death has not yet been determined and a toxicology report
is still under review. The Medical Examiner’s Office is working to see if
previous medical conditions played a factor in Rhodes’ death.
No one at the apartment is facing any charges in connection to this incident.
If Rhodes had not been pronounced dead, she would be facing several felony
charges including Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault
with a Firearm and False Imprisonment.
No further information is available at this time.