TAMPA - A Tampa police officer was injured Wednesday morning after he was hit by a car near the intersection of East Genessee Street and 39th Street in East Tampa. The fleeing suspect was shot and wounded by a second officer.
The officer, Captain Steve Hartnett, was injured during a traffic stop on a vehicle believed to be carrying stolen items and illegal firearms, Police Chief Jane Castor said.
Officers boxed in the suspect vehicle. As Captain Hartnett began walking towards the vehicle, the suspect rammed his police car and tried to run over him. Hartnett put his hands down on the hood of the car and tried to push himself out of the way, but the vehicle knocked him to the ground.
A second officer fired at the vehicle, which fled from the scene.
The driver, 29-year-old Jamie Parchmon, was taken into custody at Chelsea Street and 39th Street. He had been wounded in the shoulder and was hospitalized.
Captain Hartnett, 50, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with leg and lower back injuries that are not life threatening.
Parchmon has an extensive criminal history. He is now charged with .Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Fleeing and Alluding, additional charges are pending.
Upon his release from the hospital, he will be booked in the Hillsborough County Jail.
Captain Hartnett was treated and released. He has been with TPD for 25 years.