TAMPA — An early-morning bout of gunfire Thursday in East Tampa sparked a police chase that ended with the arrest of a man whom officers later determined had nothing to do with the shooting.
Devonshae Montrell Hill, 20, was still jailed on charges related to the chase as police continued to search for the person responsible for firing the shot that left a man wounded.
The shooting happened about 3 a.m. in the area of N 30th Street and 28th Avenue, police said. Officers found John Stallworth, 39, in an alley with a gunshot wound to his buttocks, police said. He was taken to a hospital and considered stable.
Officers received a report that the shooter might have fled in a light-colored Nissan Altima. As they searched, they spotted Hill driving a Nissan Altima in the area of 50th Street and N 23rd Avenue, police said. When they tried to stop him, he fled.
The pursuit stretched into the Palm River area, where Hill bailed out and ran, police said. A helicopter tracked him to a trash bin where he was hiding, police said. After talking with him and searching the car, officers determined Hill was not involved in the shooting.