TAMPA — A man who fled a traffic stop was eventually shot by Tampa police after he bailed from his car and refused to show his hands.
Police say an officer attempted to stop a vehicle Sunday night for an expired tag and a seat belt violation. The vehicle driven by 25-year-old Edward Thomas was followed by a police helicopter and another cruiser.
Police say Thomas crashed into a traffic sign, jumped out the vehicle and ran into the woods. Officers sent a K-9 after him and the suspect came out of the woods. He refused orders to show his hands and an officer fired when he saw what he thought was a weapon.
Thomas was taken to the hospital with what officials described as injuries that aren't life threatening.