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.
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.
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.