TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Police shot and killed a murder suspect Sunday evening following a car chase and an exchange of gunfire.
Officers began pursuing the 41-year-old suspect around 6:12 p.m. after he was spotted in a white Chevy Impala. The suspect attempted to get away from police by driving on Interstate 275 and several city streets.
Police say while the man was attempting to get away, he fired at the pursuing officers.
At the intersection of E. 28th Avenue and N. 15th Street the suspect jumped out of his car and attempted to carjack a vehicle from an innocent bystander. At the same time, he shot at the pursuing Tampa officers. The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect.
Officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers attempted to resuscitate the suspect, but he died at the scene. Police say that two handguns were found near the suspect's body.
Police say that the deceased suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Timothy O. Wyatt, from Georgia who was wanted for a murder and two other non-fatal shootings that occurred Sunday morning in the city of South Fulton. At this time it is unclear what connection, if any, Wyatt had to the Tampa Bay area.
No citizens or officers were injured in the incident. A total of five officers have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure. That includes four officers who fired at the suspect and one officer who was fired upon by the suspect.