Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Man who fired at Temple Terrace officer is shot in leg, police say

TEMPLE TERRACE — A man shot by a Temple Terrace Police officer has been released from the hospital and booked into jail on an attempted murder charge.

Jordan Arthur Bowie, 24, of Tampa opened fire on an officer during a traffic stop Tuesday night, according to Temple Terrace police. Bowie was hit in the leg and taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was treated and released Wednesday then booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

Police say the events leading up to the shooting began about 11 p.m. Tuesday when officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in front of the Bulls Liquor Store, 3406 North 56th Street. Investigators say a man left the store after making a purchase then pulled a gun on two people sitting in a vehicle there and demanded money. After the robbery, the man fled on foot.

Detectives used surveillance video in the store to identify Bowie as a suspect. About 12: 30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, officers stopped a car Bowie was riding in on 53rd Street north of Fowler Avenue. Bowie pulled a gun during the traffic stop and fired at an officer, police said. The officer, whose name has not been released, returned fire, hitting Bowie in the leg.

Bowie is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. Additional charges were pending the investigation into the armed robbery. He was being held without bail Thursday.

Bowie pleaded guilty to child abuse in 2012 and two years later was convicted of disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest without violence and violating probation, state records show.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting, which is standard when a law enforcement officers fires a weapon on the job.

Times senior news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes

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