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Suspect Killed in Hit & Run During Police Investigation


TAMPA, FL. (June 21, 2024) -- Tampa Police officers were called to the report of what appeared to be a domestic-related assault taking place in the 4000 block of West Hillsborough Avenue at approximately 2:20 am.

Witnesses provided a detailed description of the suspect. A community member who witnessed the assault attempted to intervene before officers arrived. The first officer on scene located the suspect and attempted to question him. The suspect refused to obey commands and attempted to re-enter the vehicle where the female victim was. The suspect then attempted to leave on foot, refusing officer's lawful commands to stop.

The officer deployed his taser, and a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hillsborough Avenue struck the suspect and continued without stopping.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is classified as an in custody death due to the fact that the officer was attempting to make an arrest when the suspect was hit by a car.

In accordance with a mutual aid agreement, FDLE will take the lead on the in custody death investigation. The Tampa Police Department Traffic Homicide Unit is working to identify and locate the vehicle that struck the suspect and fled the scene.

An internal investigation will be conducted to ensure the officer adhered to all department policies and procedures. 

Our Victim’s Advocate will work with the female victim in this case. Thankfully her injuries were non-life threatening.

Eastbound traffic along Hillsborough Avenue will be closed between Lois Ave and N. Dale Mabry Highway to allow for the investigation. 

This remains an active investigation, updates will be made available as the investigation allows.