Suspect drives into HCSO patrol vehicle in Plant City

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting during a traffic stop Wednesday morning in Plant City.

PLANT CITY, Fla. -- A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered minor injuries when a suspect in a aggravated battery call backed his vehicle into the deputy's cruiser Tuesday night.

The deputy was knocked down during the confrontation. According to HCSO, the deputy, in fear for his life, resorted to discharging his weapon. The suspect was able to escape and is at large.

The incident started around 10:45 p.m. when the HCSO deputy, who has not been identified, responded to a aggravated battery call at 3701 East Highway 92.

The deputy saw the suspect who allegedly was involved in the battery driving near the scene and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect then backed his vehicle into the cruiser, causing damage to the front end. 

According to the HCSO report, the deputy discharged his weapon "at least once" at the suspect's vehicle after the deputy was sent to the ground.

Video taken from the Sky10 helicopter taken Wednesday morning showed evidence markers for multiple bullet casings just behind the rear of the deputy's patrol vehicle.

The suspect is currently on the loose after driving away from the scene. The suspect's vehicle was recovered by deputies at Sammons Road and South Woodrow Wilson. A K9 and aviation search of the area could not locate the suspect.

The deputy suffered minor shoulder injuries and was treated at the scene.

Anyone with any information about the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at their website, or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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