Police searched the facility overnight, Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. Delgado appeared in court this morning and was denied bail. He is under suicide watch at the Orient Road Jail.
Delgado, 34, is accused of scuffling with Roberts, 38, on Nebraska Avenue at Arctic Street, just south of Busch Boulevard, on Wednesday night, clubbing the officer over the head with a handgun and then fatally shooting the lawman.The suspect was captured a short distance away about a half-hour later. He was carrying a Kel-Tec 223 assault rifle and two handguns. He left one handgun at the scene of the homicide, police said. The handguns, a .22 caliber, .45 caliber and 9 mm, were seized and placed into evidence.
"We are probably lucky additional police officers were not shot or hurt," said Tampa police Chief Stephen Hogue during a Thursday news conference. Delgado, an honorably discharged U.S. Army private and former police officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault on a police officer and carrying a concealed firearm.Delgado had lived with relatives in Oldsmar until he was kicked out and became homeless. On Monday night, he was rousted by a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy who found him sleeping in an Oldsmar public park. He told the deputy he was homeless, but that he had a storage facility and was trying to secure government assistance (from the VA) so he could get a place to live.
He last talked to his stepmother, Annette Delgado, on Tuesday.
She said he sounded frustrated, recounting the numerous visits to the Veterans Affairs office, only to be told to come back later. He had no transportation, and struggled to keep those appointments.
VA officials said they could not confirm any information about Delgado, citing privacy laws. He said the VA had promised him a place to live on Monday, but only offered him a bed with veterans who had physical and mental problems.He was really upset, she said. He told her the people looked very sick. He would try once more, he said, but go to a different office for help.