Person of Interest Identified in Hit and Run Crash that Injured Dade City Police Officer
DADE CITY (PASCO) – A person of interest has been identified in a late-night hit and run that injured a Dade City Police Officer, according to officials. (ORIGINAL REPORT)
According to officials, while investigating a possible drug transaction Officers Kevin Burns and Miguel Velez attempted to make contact with a gray 4-door sedan at the 14000 block of State Street. When Officer Burns approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated and struck Burns. Officer Velez fired several shots at the vehicle as it fled onto Marshall Ave, where the suspect struck a Ford Fusion and escaped.
Officer Burns, a 13-year veteran of the department was airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital where he remains in stable condition.
Police are searching for a 2018 Nissan, bearing Florida tag 770-YRV. The vehicle is owned by Hertz Corporation and was reported stolen from Tampa nearly, early last month. Police say the vehicle’s windows may be shattered and there may be bullet holes, and damage to the front of the vehicle.
It is unknown if the suspect, a black male with short cropped hair, was injured during the encounter.
Police are searching for 19-year-old Devyne Fields, a person of interest in the incident.
Officer Velez, a one-year veteran of the Department has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Police ask that anyone with information related to the suspect or vehicle involved in this incident to contact Detective George Richardson at 352-521-1495. Witnesses may remain anonymous. Callers may also contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) and could be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.
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