Armed man dies in officer-involved shooting

Posted at 3:58 AM, Mar 17, 2016

Tampa police investigators are on the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in the 3300 block of Cherokee Avenue in the Interbay area of South Tampa.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the house at 3312 Cherokee Ave., shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday.

An unidentified man stepped out of the house carrying a gun, Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said. He was uncooperative and pointed the weapon at police officers.

For about 45 minutes, the officers on scene used a loud speaker to communicate with the armed man.

The man returned to the house. When he came out a second time on his carport, the armed man fired once at the police officers, striking a police shield. The officers returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect. He died at the scene.

A woman, who was involved in the domestic disturbance,sustained minor injuries. No officer was injured.

Hegarty said police officers had been talking to the suspect before the shooting occurred. He says the responding officers are lucky to be alive.

According to standard procedure in the case of an officer-involved shooting, the officers involved are placed on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

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Shooting scene