David Saunders, Former Tampa Bay Storm Player, Fatally Shoots Man

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

David Saunders, a former Tampa bay Storm player, fatally shot a man on Tuesday behind a Whole Foods.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says deputies discovered the man dead Tuesday morning in the north Tampa store’s parking lot next to a white SUV belonging to  Saunders.

Investigators say the deceased man was upset with Saunders, who is reported to be his girlfriend’s personal fitness instructor.

Saunders had parked behind Whole Foods shortly before 10:30 a.m. when deputies say the deceased man approached him and pulled out a eight-inch kitchen knife as his girlfriend stood nearby.

The two men began struggling and investigators say one round was fired from a handgun in Saunders’ possession. Saunders has not been charged, pending the outcome of the investigation. The former Storm player told officials he shot the man in self-defense, reported TBO.com

The deceased man has not yet been identified.

Saunders played for the Storm from 2002 through 2005, in addition to several games in 2008. Overall, he played in the Arena Football League for eight seasons. He also played football in college for the University of West Virginia, where he still holds several receiving records.

The Associated Press contributed tot his report.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.