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Hillsborough deputies search for driver who rammed sheriff's cruiser

PLANT CITY — Hillsborough sheriff's deputies were searching Wednesday for a driver who they said rammed a patrol cruiser during a traffic stop, drawing gunfire from the deputy as the vehicle sped away.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the incident took place around 10:45 p.m. at 3701 U.S. 92. The deputy, who was not identified, was on his way to an aggravated battery call when he spotted a car that may have been involved in the incident, the Sheriff's Office said.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop and pulled the car over on Woodrow Wilson Street. But when the deputy started to get out of his car, the Sheriff's Office said, the driver backed up and rammed the cruiser, knocking the deputy to the ground.

Fearing for his life, the deputy fired at least one shot as the car drove away, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies later found the car near the intersection of S Woodrow Wilson and Sammonds Road and searched for the driver using dogs and a helicopter.

The deputy was treated for minor injuries. The Sheriff's Office did not release a description of the car. Anyone with information about the incident who wants to be eligible for a cash reward should call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477 or report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com.

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