Person of interest identified after Dade City officer hit by fleeing vehicle

DADE CITY, Fla. – A fleeing vehicle struck a Dade City police officer investigating a possible drug deal late Saturday.

First responders flew officer Kevin Burns to Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, Florida.

Burns, 38, is in stable condition, according to the Dade City Police Department.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office identified Devyne Fields, 19, as a person of interest. The sheriff's office did not say if Fields was the suspect involved in Saturday's incident.

Police video revealed the suspect vehicle is a 2018 Nissan Altima with the Florida tag 770-YRV. The Nissan intentionally struck Burns around 9:58 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of State Street and Moceri Avenue, according to the police.

Another officer fired his weapon at the fleeing Nissan. The Nissan struck a dark blue Ford Fusion while turning west onto Marshall Avenue, according to the police. The Nissan could have front, driver's side damage with blue paint transfer on it.

It is unknown if the suspect was injured while fleeing.

Dade City police said Burns initially stopped the suspect’s Nissan because he believed it may be involved in a drug transaction.

The Nissan is owned by the Hertz Corp., but was reported stolen in Tampa on Nov. 6.

The police department has put the officer who fired his weapon at the Nissan on routine administrative leave.

Anyone who has information on the suspect or vehicle involved is asked to call (352)521-1495. Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)873-8477 and could be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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