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Dade City officer hit by car during traffic stop, deputies arrest person of interest

Officer struck by fleeing vehicle
Posted at 11:56 PM, Dec 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 06:10:09-05

DADE CITY, Fla. -- A 19-year-old person of interest who police and deputies believe could be involved in a hit-and-run that injured a Dade City Police Officer has been arrested in Leon County. 

Devyne Fields, 19, was arrested and charged with violation of probation out of Hillsborough County on December 7, 2017. Fields was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail around 8 p.m. on Monday. He is being held without bond.  

Officials have not confirmed whether or not Fields was involved in the hit-and-run that injured the officer in early December. 

Pasco County is leading the investigation and has not provided further information about the arrest or Fields' involvement in the incident. 

A Dade City police officer was struck during a traffic stop on State Street Saturday night, police said. A second Dade City police officer fired his service revolver at least once at the car as it sped away.

The officers were investigating a possible drug transaction at the time.  

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has been asked to investigate the hit-and-run incident and a related officer-involved shooting that began about 10 p.m. Saturday in the 14000 block of State Street.

Pasco County Sheriff's detectives identified a person of interest, 19-year-old Devyne Fields, who they wanted to talk to about the incident. 

Police say Dade City Officer Kevin Burns was intentionally struck as he approached a gray 4-door sedan stopped on State Street near Moceri Avenue.

The 38-year-old Burns called for backup. Dade City police Officer Miguel Velez, 27, arrived on scene and pulled up behind the suspect vehicle, a police release said. 

As Burns approached the gray vehicle, the driver punched the gas and struck the officer as the vehicle sped away.

Officer Velez fired his service weapon at the speeding vehicle which then turned westbound on Marshall Avenue and struck a dark blue Fusion before driving away.

Paramedics flew Burns to Bayonet Point Hospital for treatment. A police release said he vital signs were stable at the hospital.   

Burn is a 13-year veteran with the Dade City Police Department. Velez has been with the police department one year.

Police video has revealed the vehicle that got away is a 2018 Nissan with Florida tag nuber 770-YRV, Dade City police said. The vehicle is owned by Hertz. It was reported stolen in Tampa.

Police believe the vehicle's windows may have been broken during the encounter. The release said officials do not know whether the driver of the fleeing vehicle was injured.

Deputies are urging anyone with information on the vehicle to call 911 immediately.