Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Public safety

Pasco deputies release video of Dade City officer struck by car

DADE CITY — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office released video Monday morning of a Dade City police officer being hit by the unidentified driver of a stolen car on Saturday night.

Dade City police Officer Kevin Burns, 38, was struck intentionally by the driver of a four-door Nissan Altima, police say.

About 10 p.m. Saturday, Burns approached the car, which was stopped in the road alone the 1400 block of State Street, authorities said.

At the time, according to the agency, Burns believed the driver was involved in a drug deal and called for backup.

The dashboard camera footage shows a parked Nissan for several seconds. As headlights approach the front of the sedan, the video shows the car reverse and drive off. The agency reported that when Burns walked toward the car, it accelerated and hit him, before fleeing.

Officer Miguel Velez, 27, pulled behind the Nissan and fired at the moving car when it drove off.

At the time, officers thought the shot "may have" broken the cars’ windows, the police department said. Officers did not know if the driver was hit or injured.

The sedan then crashed into a dark blue Ford Fusion as it drove west on Marshall Avenue. The car suffered front-end, driver’s-side damage, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

Burns was released from Bayonet Point Hospital late Sunday morning after he suffered a head injury, police said. Velez was placed on administrative leave.

Detectives said in a Facebook post Sunday that Devyne Fields, 19, is a person of interest.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-706-2488 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.

Contact TyLisa C. Johnson at [email protected] Follow @tylisajohnson.

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