Suspect shot and killed by police in Plant City

PLANT CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — A suspect is dead after being shot by police in Plant City Thursday morning.

The shooting happened on East Alsobrook Street near Park Road near a BP Gas Station after a chase with 35-year-old Jesus Cervantes of Plant City. 

Police say it all started with a 911 call around 5 a.m. from a man who said he was being followed for two hours and needed police service.

Responding officers searched for the car, and spotted one speeding down a road. Police say the driver at one point tried to run a responding officer off the road.

Police deflated Cervantes’ car tires, but he didn’t stop until he lost control and crashed near the BP Gas Station.

Officers then surrounded the car and told Cervantes to get out and show his hands. Police say he did not listen, and instead tried to get into the rear door on the driver’s side to get an unknown object.

Two officers then fired at Cervantes, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured. Police have not said what object the driver was reaching for.

Investigators believe the phone that made the original 911 call was located inside the suspect’s car.


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