Tampa police officer accidentally shoots himself while pursuing suspect

The officer is expected to recover.

click to enlarge Tampa police officer accidentally shoots himself while pursuing suspect
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An off-duty officer with the Tampa Police Department is expected to recover after accidentally firing his own gun into his shoulder while chasing a hit-and-run suspect.

According to WFLA, the officer, whose name has yet to be released, followed the suspect Wednesday in Zephyrhills after spotting the crash.

While originally reported as an "officer involved shooting," Fox 13’s Aaron Mesmer reports that the officer actually somehow shot himself when he approached the suspect’s vehicle.

Pasco and Zephyrhills deputies made the arrest about an hour later.

It's worth noting that this comes about a month after a resource officer in a Pasco County middle school accidentally fired his gun into a cafeteria wall.

We’ll update this story when more information is available.

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Chava Communications.
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