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Hillsborough deputies search for driver they say rammed cruiser

TAMPA — Deputies, dogs and a helicopter searched near Hillsborough Avenue for someone authorities said stole a car, rammed a cruiser and drove away Friday night.

At 8 p.m., Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies spotted a stolen gold Jaguar at 131st Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Two deputies tried to stop the car at Fowler Avenue near Nebraska Avenue by boxing it in, but the Jaguar's driver rammed a deputy's car to escape.

The Sheriff's Office said the stolen vehicle's driver tried to run one deputy over when both began firing into the car.

A short chase ended somewhere between Sligh and Hillsborough avenues, and the car was found abandoned at Bannister and Beacon avenues shortly after the incident began.

Investigators are unsure if anyone in the Jaguar was wounded by the deputies' shooting. Some blood was found in the car, deputies said, but it was not clear if it came from a suspect.

The Sheriff's Office said it believes there were two people inside, and deputies will continue to search.

They were focusing Friday night on an area near the intersection of Hillsborough and Rome avenues.

Hillsborough deputies search for driver they say rammed cruiser 04/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2010 11:57pm]
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