PLANT CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they are searching for suspects who struck a patrol car during a traffic stop and fled.
The incident happened around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night. The deputy was heading to an aggravated battery call when he spotted a vehicle with the suspect in the call he was assigned to. The Sheriff’s Office say he pulled the vehicle over on Woodrow Wilson Street, and when the deputy started to get out of his patrol car, the suspect vehicle backed up ramming the front end of the patrol vehicle.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was knocked to the ground and fired his weapon at least once at the suspect vehicle, fearing for his life. The suspect vehicle drove away, fleeing from the scene.
Additional deputies responded and began searching for the suspects and vehicle. The vehicle was found abandoned at Sammons Road and South Woodrow Wilson in Plant City. Sheriff’s Office K9 and Aviation Units responded to assist in the search, but did not locate anyone.
The deputy suffered minor injuries, and was not transported to the hospital.
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