A Valrico man has been charged with murder following a domestic violence incident that resulted in the death of a woman.
At 9:02 p.m on November 3, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning a domestic violence incident that occurred at a home on the 2000 block of Heritage Crest Drive in Valrico. When deputies arrived, Michael Altland, 66, came out of the home covered in what appeared to be blood. Deputies entered the home and discovered an adult female victim with severe head injuries. The victim was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where she was listed in extremely critical condition. Altland was also taken to the hospital with minor lacerations to his hands.
On November 15, the victim passed away from her injuries. Following an investigation and multiple interviews with witnesses the night of the domestic violence incident, detectives charged Altland with second-degree murder. He was arrested on Monday, November 16. Altland was remotely booked due to being in the hospital for an unrelated issue.
“Too often domestic-related homicides are the tragic end to a cycle of abuse. No one should lose a loved one to senseless acts of domestic violence,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I am urging everyone to know the warning signs of domestic violence and seek help. There are a number of local resources, including the Spring of Tampa Bay. You can call their crisis hotline 24-hours a day at 813-247-7233.”