Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Shots fired from vehicle in Tampa police parking lot

TAMPA — The drug deal went bad.

Xavier Ruiz-Machado handed over marijuana, police say, but at the 12:40 p.m. exchange Friday, Milton Coley would not pay.

Ruiz-Machado, 19, fired his gun, and Coley, 24, ran from their meeting spot at 109th and Lantana avenues. He called a friend.

The friend picked Coley up in a Nissan Altima in the 2200 block of Bougainvillea Avenue. But Ruiz-Machado chased them in his pickup truck.

The friend with the Altima was afraid, police say, so he drove to the Tampa Police Department's District 2 headquarters at 9330 N 30th St., near Busch Gardens.

Ruiz-Machado continued to chase them through the district's parking lot in his truck, and he fired at least one shot, police say.

He fled as officers exited the district office with their guns drawn.

Within 20 minutes, officers boxed Ruiz-Machado in on the University of South Florida's campus, at USF Bull Run and Elm drives.

Police found a 9mm gun inside his truck.

Witnesses at the District 2 office saw Coley throw two large bags with 59 grams of marijuana in the parking lot.

Ruiz-Machado was charged with aggravated assault with firearm and marijuana possession. Coley was charged with marijuana possession.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.

Shots fired from vehicle in Tampa police parking lot 01/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 8:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Nurse backs Kriseman in St. Pete mayor's race


    Council member Karl Nurse has endorsed Mayor Rick Kriseman.

  2. Spring Hill woman, 24, dies when car hits tree in Pasco County


    LAND O' LAKES — A 24-year-old woman died early Saturday morning after her Hyundai Elantra hit a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  3. Florida Insiders: We'll find out soon whether Adam Putnam has a glass jaw


    This month's Florida Insider Poll questions: Who would be the strongest Democratic/Republican nominee for governor? Whom do you expect will win the Democratic/Republican gubernatorial nomination? Which party …

    Florida Insider polls are unscientific surveys of Florida political operatives, money-raisers, lobbyists, political scientists, recovering journalists, activists, and the like
  4. Before Janessa Shannon's death, parents traded accusations of abuse


    TAMPA — Long before Janessa Shannon's remains were discovered in a Hillsborough County nature preserve, her parents tried to convince court officials that she was in danger.

    From her own family.

    Janessa Shannon, 13, was found dead July 12 in the Triple Creek Nature Preserve in Hillsborough County. [National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]