Tampa PD Shoots Man with Knife

A police field training officer shot and wounded a man who lunged at her with a knife Thursday night.

The officer is unhurt and the suspect is expected to recover from his injuries, police said.

TPD spokesperson Andrea Davis said Officer Usilia Emilione and an officer she was training responded to a home at 3703 East Shadowlawn Avenue around 7 p.m.  Police had received a 911 call from a father concerned about the behavior of his son, Lawrence Anderson.

“Anderson was in the home waving a knife and stabbing pillow cushions,” Davis said. “The officer and Anderson’s parents asked him to put down the knife several times. With the knife in his hand, Anderson charged Officer Emilione giving her no choice but use deadly force.”

He was taken to Tampa General Hospital and was undergoing surgery Thursday night. Police say he is expected to survive.

This is the first time Officer Emilione has fired her weapon on a call for service. She was not injured, but was placed on administrative leave as part of standard policy.

Davis said detectives are investigating to determine what charges, of any, may be brought.

Source:  10 News

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