A lawyer for USF’s General Counsel’s office is listed in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital after being shot twice Tuesday night.
According to Tampa Police Department, associate General Counsel Olga Joanow, 37, was shot twice by her friend Patricia Banks about 10:30 p.m. after an argument between the two.Banks had been driving Joanow east on Adamo Drive, according to Joe Durkin, public information officer for Tampa police.
Witnesses said the two were having an argument, which escalated to the point of Banks stopping the car in the middle of the road, blocking traffic.
“After that, Joanow falls out of the car, and Banks leans over the passenger seat and shoots her twice while she’s on the ground,” Durkin said. “Banks gets out of the car and starts walking north on the railroad tracks where she was ultimately arrested by police.”Senior USF Counsel Debra King said her staff has not yet begun to emotionally deal with the situation, since Joanow is still in critical condition.
“She’s well regarded in this office, and this is pretty shocking to us,” King said. “We just heard first thing this morning that she had been shot and had been at (TGH) and had surgery twice.”
Her employment reviews laude her prowess during litigation. She has been promoted several times since the General Counsel’s office hired her in 1993.
Durkin said alcohol may have been involved earlier in the night. Banks, 50, is currently being held at the Orient Road Jail, charged with attempted homicide.