TAMPA - Tampa Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting late Sunday night in Tampa.
Police say an officer was conducting a traffic stop on a Dodge Challenger at 11:40 p.m. around Hillsborough Avenue and Armenia for an expired tag and seatbelt violation.
The suspect, 25-year-old Edward Thomas, fled from the traffic stop. The officer called in the fleeing vehicle, but did not follow.
TPD says a police helicopter was in the air and followed the vehicle from the air.
Thomas crashed the Challenger into a traffic sign at Coolidge Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. He fled the vehicle and ran into the woods.
Officers set up a perimeter and a K-9 was deployed into the woods.
Police say Thomas exited the wooded area and the officer told him to stop and show his hands. When Thomas failed to comply with the officer's commands, officials say the officer saw what he thought was a weapon, so fearing for his own life, he shot Thomas.
Thomas was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with what is believed to be a non-life threatening injury.
After he was shot, Thomas stated that he didn't want to go back to prison. According to court records, Thomas is on supervised release from prison for an attempted 2nd degree murder conviction out of Plant City.
Police say charges are pending against Thomas.