Three suspects were arrested and one was hospitalized following a drug bust in St. Petersburg Friday night.
Danardrick Chance suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center. Once he is cleared by medical personnel he will be facing drug-related charges.
The 19-year-old Pinellas County resident was shot by an officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department after he attempted to flee.
According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report officers with the Department's Vice and Narcotics Division along with members of the Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant just after 7:30 p.m. at a residence in the 3800 block of 18th Ave. South.
As the officers surrounded the single-family home several people in the carport began running in different directions. A white Toyota Camry parked on the sidewalk suddenly accelerated, heading towards a group of officers wearing department-issued jackets with identification.
SPD Sergeant Shannon Halstead and two undercover officers discharged their firearms as the vehicle approached. The vehicle continued to travel east onto 18th Ave. South away from the scene.
Officers pursued the Camry into an alley near 13th Ave. South where it eventually came to a stop. Several suspects jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee.
Chance attempted to run but didn't get far due to his injury.
A K-9 Unit tracked down one of the passengers – 25-year-old Marcus Rowe of St. Petersburg – and arrested him on an obstruction charge. He was not injured.
Investigators are still searching for the driver and possibly two other people who were in the Camry.
Back at the scene where the warrant was executed two suspects were arrested on drug and weapons charges.
Reginald Thompson, a 23-year-old St. Petersburg resident, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on possession of marijuana with intent to sell charges.
Ernest Jenkins, a 21-year-old St. Petersburg man, is facing similar charges.
Sgt. Halstead joined SPPD as a sworn police officer on March 5, 2001 and was promoted to her current rank on February 10, 2010. The names of the two undercover detectives who discharged firearms are exempt from disclosure per Florida State Statute 119 due to their undercover assignment.
Halstead, 36, and the two undercover detectives will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. Three of the four men arrested have prior arrests in Pinellas County.
If you have any information about the driver and other men in the Camry, please contact the St. Petersburg Police Department.
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