Bradenton man dies in jump from Sunshine Skyway

June 18, 2012 

HILLSBOROUGH — A Bradenton man who had been arrested Friday by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and charged with battery on an officer, holding an open house party and resisting arrest, apparently on Sunday jumped to his death from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Thomas Malone III, 20, parked his gray four-door vehicle in the southbound lanes of the center span of the bridge at approximately 3:25 p.m. Sunday and jumped over the side, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hillsborough report identifies Malone and gives his date of birth as Dec. 19, 1991, the same name, address and date of birth listed for a man in a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report from Friday.

At 11:26 p.m. Friday, a deputy was sent to investigate a noise complaint in the 6200 block of Yellowtop Drive in Manatee County, the Manatee report states.

The deputy found the street completely blocked by people and vehicles and more than 100 people in the house and in the backyard, the report states.

A suspect later identified as Malone quickly came forward, shoved the deputy backwards and said he was not welcome in the house, the report states.

Malone was then taken from the house, handcuffed and put in the deputy’s car, the report states.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered several minors had been drinking alcohol in the home, according to the report.

One minor told deputies she had been consuming vodka and Gatorade, the report states.

About 15 minutes after he jumped from the bridge, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit recovered Malone’s body in the water.

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