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Fleeing suspect fires at officer

A police officer was shot at several times but not injured as he tried to catch a carjacking suspect late Saturday, officials said. The incident began at 34th Street and 22nd Avenue N when a man used a gun to steal a white Mustang, said St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Dennis Simmons. Police Officer Bubba Harrell saw the car as it headed south on 34th Street and followed, Simmons said. The suspect bailed out of the car at the Skyway Resource Center, 3018 22nd Ave. S, and Harrell got out of his car. "The guy fires at least three shots" at Harrell, who was shielded by his car door, Simmons said. Harrell's cruiser was hit twice, and one bullet "goes whizzing by his head," Simmons said, but the officer was uninjured. The suspect, whose name was not available late Saturday, ran away, and other police officers in the area began a search. A short while later, Officer Randy Lyons and his canine Turbo found the man lying in some bushes wearing only shorts, Simmons said. He was placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and robbery with intent to carjack, Simmons said.

Man crushed under truck

ST. PETERSBURG _ A man was was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when a truck he was working under slipped off its jack and crushed his chest. Cecil Clark, 50, was not breathing when rescuers arrived at 3311 Sixth Ave. S, said Fire and Rescue Lt. Steve Lecroy. Instead of waiting for specialized lifting equipment to arrive, rescuers used three car jacks and cement blocks to lift the truck "just enough to barely clear him," Lecroy said. "We reached under the car, grabbed him by the shirt and dragged him out." Clark was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Saturday night.

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