St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg police are looking for the man who drove over the top of an unmarked police cruiser while fleeing inside a stolen vehicle.
The incident happened Wednesday night at the Quick Stop convenience store at 1440 49th Street South.
The St. Petersburg Police Department says officers spotted a stolen black 2006 Mazda 626 in the parking lot of the convenience store. When officers approached the suspect, he reportedly ran to the car, got inside, and backed out at a high rate of speed, driving up and over the top of one of the cruisers.
Another officer, seeing the driver's actions, reportedly fired multiple rounds at the suspect's vehicle, which then managed to drive forward off the cruiser and headed in an eastbound direction on 15 Avenue South.
Officer Michael DeMark was slightly injured during the suspect's escape. He was treated and released from a local hospital and is back on duty.
On Thursday morning police located the stolen Mazda, abandoned in the area of 8414 5th Street North.
Detectives report there was no blood or other evidence inside to suggest the suspect had been injured. The stolen tag had been removed and bullet damage was found on the vehicle. The car is now undergoing forensic testing.
Police have not yet identified the suspect.
Officer Neil Rambaran, who fired his weapon at the fleeing suspect, is currently on administrative leave, pending further Internal Affairs review.
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