Joseph Williams, 26, was released from the Orient Road Jail on March 19 and is charged with a shooting a 28-year-old Progress Village man while “gang banging,” according to media reports.

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TAMPA – A man released from a Hillsborough County jail in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is accused of shooting and killing a man the next day, authorities say.


Joseph Williams, 26, was released from the Orient Road Jail on March 19 and is charged with a shooting a 28-year-old Progress Village man while “gang banging,” according to media reports.


Williams had been originally jailed for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.


He was arrested April 13 after spending three weeks hiding from law enforcement officers in an RV and a motel room, his arrest affidavit said.


The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office collected video footage and interviewed a dozen people in making a case for Williams’ arrest.


He was allegedly a member of the Bloods criminal gang.


Williams was one of 164 inmates accused of low-level, non-violent crimes released to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


In an interview with a Hillsborough television station on the day of his release, Williams said, “I feel wonderful. It’s a blessing that I’m getting released.”