Robbery suspect who was shot by police dies

Tampa, Florida -- A suspected armed robber who was shot by Tampa police during an investigation died Wednesday of his wounds at Tampa General Hospital.

John C. Carr, 20, of Tampa, was shot Oct. 12 by an officer after Carr fired several times at the officer, who was investigating an armed robbery at the Tampa Park Apartments.

Just before 1 a.m. Oct. 12, a woman called 911 to report an armed suspect wearing a ski mask had approached her and the man she was walking with from behind in the courtyard of Tampa Park Apartments. When they turned around, the man pointed the gun demanded money.

The woman fled and called police, but the man was robbed at gunpoint. The male robbery victim fled from the scene and police are still working to identify him.

The first responding officer pulled into the apartment complex to investigate the robbery, and before he could get out of his car, Carr fired a shot at him.

The officer began following Carr in his vehicle and Carr turned and fired another round at the police car. The officer then got out of his car and began a foot chase.

As the officer came around a corner of an apartment building, he came face to face with Carr. The officer told Carr to drop the weapon, but Carr raised the weapon and pointed it at the officer.

The police officer fired striking Carr at least once.

By then two back up officers arrived and began rendering aid to the suspect. Carr was then transported to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition.


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