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Officer injured in Pinellas Park shooting, suspect in custody

Officer's injuries are not life-threatening
Pinellas Park Officer Shot Circle K Gas Station
Posted at 10:57 PM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 16:57:43-04

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — The Pinellas County deadly force investigative team is investigating after a Pinellas Park Police officer was injured in a shooting on Tuesday night. The officer is recovering in the hospital and is expected to fully recover.

Authorities said officers responded to the Circle K at 4900 Ulmerton Road just before 10 p.m. after reports of a domestic disturbance between a man and woman.

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Detectives said the woman claimed the man threatened her so she locked herself in the bathroom. Officer Jacob Derr arrived and tried to make contact with the suspect Calvin Brockington, 24.

The sheriff's office said Brockington walked toward Derr in the parking lot and shot him in the right bicep, which incapacitated him.

Officer KC Gavin arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting. Authorities said Brockington also fired at her when she confronted him and she returned fire. Neither she nor Brockington was hit in the exchange.

Brockington then stole a vehicle in the lot and drove toward Gavin then drove away from the scene, authorities said. Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the Flight Unit pursued him. He was taken into custody about 13 miles away.

Officer Derr's injuries are not life-threatening. He underwent surgery Wednesday and he's expected to make a full recovery, the sheriff's office said.

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Brockington was arrested and faces 20 charges including several drug-related charges, two counts of attempted murder, carjacking, assault and attempting to flee or elude a police officer.

The shooting is being investigated by the Pinellas County Use of Deadly Force Investigative Taskforce which was created in 2020.