DADE CITY, Fla. -- A Bay Area police officer is lucky to be alive tonight after being hit by a vehicle he suspected may be involved in a drug transaction.
38-year-old Dade City police officer Kevin Burns, a 13-year veteran of the department, has been released from the hospital after being hit officers say by a 2018 Nissan Altima.
“You see arrows and that’s where we recovered some markings,” says Brian A. Uppercue, Dade City Police Department Public Information Officer.
It’s the markings on this Dade City street that shows where police officer Kevin Burns was thrown from the hood of a car he was approaching.
In dashcam video, police say officer Burns got out of his car to speak to the people inside of the 2018 Nissan Altima that was parked in the middle of the street.
Officer Burns thought those in the vehicle were involved in a possible drug transaction and that’s when the suspect took off and hit Officer Burns head on.
“I heard the man holler three times and said I hope he’ll be alright,” says Sylvia Camelien, who lives just feet from where it all went down. “All of a sudden, I heard some boom, boom, boom.”
That’s because another police officer fired at the fleeing vehicle, possibly breaking a window.
Shattered glass is still on the street. The car also hit a blue ford fusion as it sped away.
“If anyone sees a 2018 Nissan Altima with damage to the driver side and damaged glass to some capacity, contact the Sheriff’s Office,” said Chris Beaman, a deputy with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
For those on the Dade City street, they hope Officer Burns is going to be ok and those responsible are caught.
“I sure do because that makes you nervous,” says Camelien.
Police are hoping to speak with 19-year-old Devyne Fields of Tampa.
They say he was spotted days before with that 2018 Nissan with Florida tag 770-YRV. It is a rental car that was reported stolen in Tampa.
Police ask that anyone with information related to the suspect or vehicle involved in this incident to contact Detective George Richardson at (352) 521-1495. Witnesses may remain anonymous.
Callers may also contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) and could be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.