Florida Officer Struck, Injured By Suspect In Stolen Car
DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer was struck and injured by a suspect in a stolen car, prompting another officer to fire shots at the car.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Dade City Police Officer Kevin Burns was struck Saturday night by the driver of a Nissan Altima after a traffic stop. Authorities say it’s believed the Nissan’s driver was involved in a drug deal.
Officer Miguel Velez, who had arrived as backup, fired at the moving car and may have broken the car’s windows. It’s not known if the driver was hit or injured.
Early Sunday morning, Burns was in stable condition at a local hospital. Police say Velez has been placed on administrative leave.
The car was reported stolen in Tampa in early November.
Police: 1 Florida Security Guard Shoots Another In Dispute
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida security guard shot another security guard after a dispute at a water treatment plant.
Local news outlets report that the shooting happened about 6 a.m. Sunday after an argument between the two men. The shooting happened outside the Hollywood Water Treatment Plant.
Police are questioning the shooter but no charges were immediately filed. The victim was being treated at a hospital. His condition was not available.
The guards are both employed by a private company and not the city of Hollywood.
Their identities were not immediately released.
Director Of Florida Charity Fundraiser Struck And Killed
RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) — The event director of a Florida fund-raising carnival was struck and killed as he directed traffic for the event.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 44-year-old Christopher James Scigliano stepped into a northbound lane of traffic Saturday night when he was struck by a pickup truck. Authorities say the impact threw him into the southbound lane, where he was struck by a sports-utility vehicle.
The fundraising event was being held to honor Deputy Larry Morrell, a 25-year veteran of the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office and DUI investigator who died in June after a battle with cancer.
The accident remains under investigation.