TPD officer hit by vehicle during traffic stop; shots fired - FOX 13 News

TPD officer hit by vehicle during traffic stop; shots fired

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Shots rang out inside a Tampa neighborhood this morning, as police officers pursued a suspect who had hit one of their own with a car.

It started at Hillsborough Avenue and 30th Street and ended at Chelsea and 39th Street, which is a few blocks southeast.

The suspect, identified as Jaime Parchmon, is accused of hitting a Captain Steve Hartnett with his vehicle during a traffic stop. As Parchmon left the scene, a fellow officer shot him in the shoulder along 39th Street.

"(Hartnet) said the suspect looked him straight in the eye, and he knew he was not going to stop," Chief Jane Castor said. "Capt. Hartnett told him to stop, and the suspect then rammed Capt. Hartnet's vehicle and then hit Capt. Hartnett, leaving him in the roadway."

Castor said Parchmon fled the vehicle on foot and then officers made the arrest.

Castor said Parchmon may be connected to some stolen merchandise and firearms. Officers received an anonymous tip about his whereabouts and pursued him just before 8 a.m.

Castor said Hartnett, a 25-year veteran, was able to push off from the vehicle as Parchmon charged. He suffered injuries to his leg and back, Castor said, though he is expected to be OK.

Meanwhile, Parchmon was taken to the hospital where he is expected to recover.

SkyFOX flying over the scene showed several bullet holes in the vehicle. The back window was also shot out.

The officer who shot Parchmon has been identified as 39-year-old Sigure O'Neal, a 5-year veteran.

Hartnett was taken to Tampa General Hospital to be treated; Parchmon is at St. Joseph's Hospital.

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