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Tampa police shoot armed man Sunday morning

The officers were not injured and the suspect was transported to Tampa General Hospital.
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Published Jan. 12
Updated Jan. 12

Tampa police officers shot a man early Sunday after he threatened them with a gun. Officers were not injured, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Wayne Wilson, 34, was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he had surgery for multiple gunshot wounds, according to department spokeswoman Jamel Lanee'.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning near the intersection of East Cayuga Street and North 42nd Street.

Two police officers were initially called to the area of North 40th Street and East Osborne Avenue related to reports of gunshots and screaming. Additional gunshots were heard around East Cayuga Street, police said. While searching that area, the officers saw Wilson with a gun.

Officers put on their police lights and identified themselves as law enforcement. They told Wilson to drop the weapon. He then ran toward the police car while raising his gun toward them, according to the police department.

The officers are on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for an officer-involved shooting, Lanee’ said. The police department has not released the officers’ names, but Lanee’ said they both have been with the department for four years.

An investigation is ongoing. Wilson faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

Wilson has previously been arrested on felony battery, battery of a law enforcement officer and drug charges. He has also been taken to court for domestic violence, according to Hillsborough County court records.

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