Tampa police shoot suspect after traffic stop

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.

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