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Tampa police shoot at fleeing car during drug operation

TAMPA — Police officers fired at a fleeing car early Thursday morning during a drug enforcement operation at a Tampa gas station, authorities said.

No one was seriously injured in the shooting, but the shots shattered the car window and landed two men in jail on drug charges, police said.

It all happened about 1 a.m. as officers in plain clothes carried out an undercover drug purchase in the parking lot of a Radiant-Marathon gas station at 1930 N Dale Mabry Highway, police said.

Officers in marked and unmarked police cruisers had stopped a car and were walking toward the driver, police said. The driver threw the car into reverse and slammed into one of the unmarked police cars.

An officer drew a gun and fired, shattering one of the car windows, police said. The car slammed into a nearby curb and stopped. Police then arrested the driver and a passenger.

The passenger was treated at the scene for minor cuts from the shattered glass, police said. Officers were still trying to verify the identities of the two arrested men Thursday morning. An investigation remained under way at 6 a.m. Thursday.

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