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Police officer run over by golf cart, shoots the driver at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

TAMPA — A Seminole tribe police officer shot a man who ran him over with a golf cart Thursday night outside the Hard Rock casino complex, said a spokesman for the tribe's law enforcement agency.

Both men were taken to Tampa General Hospital in advanced life support ambulances just after 7 p.m., according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. The extent of their injuries could not be confirmed. Neither man has been identified.

Casino officials have not released many details about the incident. Gary Bitner, a spokesman for the Seminole tribe police department, said the officer was involved in a violent altercation with the other man in the north parking lot of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The other man hopped into an unoccupied maintenance golf cart and ran the officer over, Bitner said. He said the officer shot the driver in an effort to subdue him. It was not immediately known if the man who was shot was a patron of the casino.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has taken over the crime scene investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the shooting.

Police officer run over by golf cart, shoots the driver at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 04/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 8:26am]
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