Man killed after shooting at police in South Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — In an exchange of gunfire, Tampa police officers shot and killed a man outside a South Tampa home near Ballast Point early Thursday morning.

Tampa police responded to the home in the 3300 block of Cherokee Avenue around 1:10 a.m. due to a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman.

Officers arrived at the home and attempted to speak with the man, 53-year-old Sunny Chin, who was uncooperative and armed with a gun, for about 45 minutes.

Tampa Police Department spokesman Stephen Hegarty says when officers arrived at the home Chin came to the front door and pointed a gun at the officers. The officers took cover and called for backup, and tried to convince the suspect to surrender peacefully.

According to Hegarty, the suspect eventually came out of the home on to the carport, with a firearm tucked into a towel around his waist. The male suspect fired the weapon, hitting near the center of the shield the officers were using for cover.

It was then the officers fired back, hitting and killing the man.

“When you look at that shield its very scary. It’s a clear shot that hit the center of the shield,” said Hegarty. “The officers are very lucky, but that’s where their training comes in.”

The woman inside the home had scratches and bruises but no serious injuries. She is cooperating with police.

No officers were injured. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

Stay with WFLA.com for updates.

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