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Police shoot home invasion suspect described as career criminal

TAMPA — A police officer shot and injured a fleeing robbery suspect Tuesday, and a second suspect was bitten by a police dog.

Police described both men as career criminals.

The events began at 3:45 a.m., police said, when two armed men broke into the home of Geoffrey Hill, 31, and Ilyn Knapik, 30, in the 100 block of S Willow Ave.

One of the residents — it's not clear which — was sleeping on the living room couch of the two-story house when he heard a noise, said police spokesman Laura McElroy. At first, he thought it was his roommate but quickly discovered two men were breaking in.

The suspects pointed guns at Hill and Knapik, demanded money and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspects apparently did not know the victims, McElroy said. She said it also appears the suspects tried to sneak into the home, hoping not to be noticed.

Police Officer John Angelakopouloso saw the suspects running north on Willow Avenue and chased them to Gray Street, a few blocks north of Kennedy Boulevard.

One suspect, Tim Green, 32, headed west on Gray Street as the other kept running on Willow Avenue. McElroy said Angelakopoulos ordered Green to stop and put his hands up, but instead Green pulled a silver handgun out of his waistband and pointed it at Angelakopoulos.

That's when Angelakopoulos shot Green in the shoulder, McElroy said. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition.

Police charged Green with resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm and home invasion robbery.

The other suspect, Alton Marchman, 27, was spotted by a police helicopter hiding on the ground between two buildings at Gray Street and Willow Avenue. McElroy said police dogs were released when Marchman refused to come out, and he was bitten in the leg.

Marchman was charged with home invasion robbery, resisting arrest and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Both suspects have lengthy criminal histories.

According to records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Green has been arrested about 30 times since 1994, when he was 17 and first charged with cocaine possession. Other charges include marijuana possession, driving under the influence and carjacking.

Marchman has been arrested 25 times on charges that include cocaine possession, delivery of cocaine and robbery. Marchman's first charge was in 1996 for shoplifting. He was 13.

Angelakopoulos, 31, a member of police Chief Jane Castor's new Rapid Offender Control unit, has been with the Police Department for nine years, McElroy said.

Times staff writer Jessica Vander Velde contributed to this report.

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