Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Tampa police shoot man in parked car after he shows gun

TAMPA — A man who was reported to be suicidal flashed a gun to officers and was shot and injured early Thursday morning in the driveway of a Tampa home, according to police.

An officer had to shoot Jason Turk, 37, a second time before he let go of the gun and was able to be restrained, officials said. Turk had surgery at St, Joseph's Hospital, but it remained unclear Thursday if he would survive.

It happened just before 4 a.m. in a driveway at the rear of the home at 902 W Peninsular St. One of Turk's relatives called police and expressed concern that he was going to harm himself, police said.

Officers arrived at the home, where Turk lived, and found him sitting in a black BMW in the driveway, police said. As the officers tried to talk to him, Turk rolled down a window and pointed a gun at them, police said.

Officer Tim Bergman fired his weapon, hitting Turk, police said. The officers kept talking to Turk until he raised the gun again and Bergman shot him a second time. Police were then able to remove him from the car.

Bergman is a K-9 handler, officials said. He has worked for the Tampa Police Department for nine years. It is the second time the officer has fired his weapon on the job. In 2010, Bergman was one of two officers who shot into a fleeing car during a dramatic two-hour chase of a wanted man who ended up ramming three police cars.

Few other details about Thursday's incident were immediately disclosed. The shooting remained under investigation.

Turk is a licensed real estate broker in Florida, according to state records. His professional profile on the business networking website LinkedIn states that he is a Realtor for Charles Rutenburg Realty in Tampa. He served in the U.S. Navy for about 11 years, including several years as an intelligence analyst, according to the profile.

He is also enrolled as a student at the University of Tampa, where he is pursuing a degree in government and world affairs, according to school officials.

Address records indicate that the Peninsular Street house was a rental home that Turk shared with Chris Boulton, an assistant professor of communication at UT. Reached by phone Thursday morning, Boulton declined to comment.

Turk had only one previous arrest, a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in 2002, according to court records. He pleaded no contest and adjudication was withheld.

His wife, Amanda Turk, lives in Valrico. A woman who answered the door at her home Thursday morning said Amanda Turk was not home. She did not return calls for comment.

Times news researcher John Martin and staff writers Claire Wiseman and Keeley Sheehan contributed to this report.

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