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Driver shot, killed by Tampa officer during traffic stop

Police say the car may have been involved in a shooting last Friday.
Credit: WTSP

TAMPA, Fla. — A driver is dead after a traffic stop ended in gunfire, according to the Tampa Police Department.

The shooting took place around 11:37 p.m. Tuesday on North 34th and East Palifox streets in East Tampa.

Officers said they attempted a traffic stop on a white Impala that may have been involved in a shooting last Friday in Grant Park. According to police, the driver, Jonas Joseph, 26, hit a police car and then a tree while trying to take off.

Police say Joseph started shooting at officers, who in turn fired, killing him.

A second gun was found in the Impala, according to police.

Five officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The Impala matched the description of the car seen leaving a shooting on N. 53rd Street on April 23. A woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries in that shooting.

The investigation is still ongoing. 

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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