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TAMPA – A police officer was forced to shoot an armed robbery suspect Sunday morning Tampa.

Around, 1am two women were walking inside the Tampa Park Apartments when a masked male approached them. The man had a firearm and attempted to rob them. One of the women got away and was able to call 911.

When the officer arrived, the suspect fired at the the patrol car. The officer continued to follow the suspect when he fired on the patrol car again. The officer then exited the cruiser and chased the suspect on foot.

Police say at some point, the suspect stopped and turned towards the officer. The officer ordered the man to drop the weapon but instead, he raised it towards the officer. That’s when the officer fired on the suspect.

Tampa Police spokesperson Laura McElroy identified the suspect as 30-year-old John C. Carr Jr., of Tampa. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. McElroy says Carr has a criminal history and was released from prison last year.

The officer’s name has not been released at this time. He was uninjured as well as the robbery victims. No additional information was released.

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ST. PETERSBURG – Tampa Bay News Service as obtained video of a brutal assault in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

43-year-old Raynard Pete was driving in the area of 37th Avenue South and 6th Street South when he was spotted by his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Karnesia Lloyd.

Lloyd’s current boyfriend, Cauiau Smiley and another man, Vinson Williams exited the SUV Lloyd was driving and confronted Pete. Pete fled his vehicle on foot. As Pete was in an altercation with both men, Lloyd intentionally rammed him with her SUV.

Witnesses say she struck Pete twice while the men continued to attack Pete. Pete suffered serious injuries to his leg that had been pinned between the SUV and concrete stairs to an abandoned house.

All three suspects fled the area and were arrested in Jordan Park. Pete was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center. His family says Pete is recovering after his leg required amputation.

We would like to point out that many will find this video disturbing. However, Pete and his family have agreed to allow us to release the video to show that dating violence affects everyone.

The family is also asking for donations to help pay for Pete’s medical expenses. To donate directly please go to http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/reynard-a-pete-flaco-/230704

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The video has been licensed to Tampa Bay News Service for redistribution with authorization from the copyright holder and the victim’s family. Licensing fees will be donated to the victim and his family.

TAMPA – Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a near drowning Monday evening.

Deputies and fire rescue responded to the 10600 block of Out Island Drive around 4pm. A supervisor on scene could only confirm that a child had fallen into the pool and was transported to Tampa Community Hospital.

The condition of the child is unknown at this time.

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TAMPA – Clearwater Police chased a vehicle into Tampa Sunday night.

The pursuit went through Tampa and Hillsborough County jurisdictions, which were called to assist Clearwater with the pursuit of a “robbery suspect.” The reason of the pursuit and where it started has not been confirmed.

Damage was seen on the suspect vehicle, which was facing the opposite direction the police cruisers. It is unknown whether any of the cruisers made contact with the suspect vehicle.

At least one person was detained in a marked Clearwater Police cruiser. Police declined to release information at the scene and advised the media to contact the Clearwater Police Public Information Office.

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TAMPA – A woman was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle, twice.

It happened at the intersection of 12th Street and 142nd Avenue. A pickup truck reportedly ran over a woman twice and fled the area.

Deputies located the pickup and initiated a traffic stop on Bearss Avenue under Interstate 275 without incident. The condition of the woman is unknown as well as if the pickup driver will face charges.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is working the case and has not released any confirmed information at this time. Details are based on scanner reports and on scene observations.

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