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Suspect in fight dies after being shot by a Tampa police officer

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jul 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 13:10:28-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Police are investigating a deadly shooting Sunday night involving one of the department's officers.

Police say its officers responded to a call of a fight at the Texaco station located at 3745 N 50th St. just after 10 p.m. It was reported one person involved in the fight may be armed with a gun.

Upon the officers' arrival, police say one suspect, identified as John Reuben Turbe Jr., 30, ran away.

One officer who began pursuing noticed Turbe had a gun.

Police say at some point during the pursuit, the suspect turned and pointed the gun at the officer. The officer, fearing for his life, fired his weapon and hit Turbe at least once. The suspect later died at a nearby hospital.

Tampa Police say the officer who fired his gun is 33-year-old Bryan Velazquez, who's been with the department for two years and had law enforcement experience before that. The officer is being placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Police report no one was injured in the fight the officers originally responded to.

Tampa Police say they may release body cam video of the pursuit and shooting.