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17-year-old arrested, Temple Terrace cop investigated after firing gun

TEMPLE TERRACE — A 17-year-old was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening a plain-clothes Temple Terrace police officer, and another officer is on administrative leave after firing his gun during the incident.

At about 11 p.m. in the Meadowood condominium complex, at Plum Lane and Peach Drive, about 10 young men approached the plain-clothes officer in a threatening manner, said Temple Terrace police spokesman Michael Dunn.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was on duty, but Dunn would not say what he was doing in the area.

When the men got closer, the officer called for back-up and the group scattered.

Officer Jerrell Blenman was one of the first to respond and saw a young man, later identified as 17-year-old Bazel Louis, of 7814 E Hillsborough Ave., crouching behind a bush.

Louis was arrested on a charge of resisting a law enforcement officer. He was also wanted on warrants for armed robbery, trespassing on school grounds and providing a false name to a law enforcement officer.

Sometime during the incident, Blenman fired his gun. Louis was not hit. Whether Louis was armed is under investigation, Dunn said.

Blenman, who has been a Temple Terrace Police police officer since December 2008, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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