Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Police shoot man as car tries to run over officers in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Police shot a man Friday night as a car tried to run down a group of officers serving a search warrant at a St. Petersburg home, officials said.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. as officers descended on the home at 3810 18th Ave. S.

Two detectives with the vice and narcotics unit and a sergeant with the street crimes unit were walking toward the house through an alley from the south, officials said. As they approached, a group of people jumped into a car parked in a carport and drove toward the officers.

All three officers fired their weapons — two handguns and an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle — as the car sped away, police said.

Police chased the car before it stopped near 13th Avenue S and 37th Street. The people in the car then got out and ran, police said.

Officers arrested two people, including a man who had been shot in the leg. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. His wound was not life-threatening, police said.

Authorities had not released either man's name late Friday night, but said one of them was believed to live at the house that was being searched. Inside, they found crack cocaine and marijuana, officials said.

Officers were continuing to search late Friday for at least one other person who fled after the car stopped.

Police did not immediately release the names of the three officers involved in the shooting. All three would be placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting was investigated, spokesman Bill Proffitt said.

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