Chase ends with suspect shot - FOX 13 News

Chase ends with suspect shot

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A suspect who was on supervised release for a second-degree murder was shot by a Tampa police officer late Sunday night.

It happened at 6900 Coolidge Ave., just north of Pine Crest Manor Blvd.

Police say officers pulled Edward Thomas over just before midnight for an expired tag and a seatbelt violation. That's when police say he sped off.

Thomas ended up crashing his car into a traffic sign at the corner of Coolidge Ave. and Hamilton Ave. He then got out of his car and ran into the woods. K-9 units and more officers went into the woods to find Thomas.

Thomas came out of the woods and officers asked him to put his hands up, but he didn't, according to police. Then, one officer said he saw something that looked like a weapon, so he opened fire.

Thomas was shot in the arm and is expected to make a full recovery. He is currently at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The officer will be put on paid administrative leave until an investigation into the incident is completed.

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