TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (WFLA) – A Temple Terrace police officer exchanged gunfire with an armed robbery suspect Wednesday afternoon.
Shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, police responded to a liquor store on North 56th Street, just south of Fletcher Avenue, for a report of an armed robbery.
Police said the man made a purchase inside the liquor store, then robbed two people in a car in the parking lot.
“I just heard a couple pops and a lot of yelling. A lot of yelling…,” said Sam Sanders, a witness who works nearby. “I’m like, what is this, what is going on? I can’t believe this is happening right here where I work.”
Officers circulated a photo of the suspect from surveillance video in the store and identified him on Wednesday.
The suspect, Jordan Bowie, 24, of Hillsborough County, was the passenger in the back of a car when an officer conducted a traffic stop on 53rd Street, just north of Fowler Avenue.
During the traffic stop, the officer returned to his patrol car, and Bowie allegedly fired at him from the back seat of the car.
The officer fired back, hitting the Bowie in the leg.
“The paramedics came, got him up, it looked like he had a shot in his leg, actually, he was pretty upset. Cursing at the police officers and the people that were looking,” Sanders told News Channel 8.
The officer himself was uninjured.
Bowie was taken to Tampa General Hospital for his injuries.
He was released from the hospital and taken into custody, where he faces charges for attempted first-degree murder, firing a gun from a vehicle and carrying a concealed firearm.
He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.
Bowie is due back in court for a pretrial detention hearing on Tuesday, June 5.
At this time, detectives are investigating whether he was involved in any other armed robberies in the area.
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