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Chief: Officer fatally shot man who pointed gun at him

Officer Involved Shooting
Posted at 11:39 AM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 11:39:48-04

TAMPA, Fla. (WTXL) — Officials say a police officer fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him.

Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan said in a Sunday night news conference that officers were called to the scene of a fight.

The officers ”identified the suspect,” who fled on foot.

Dugan says the officer chased after him and determined that the man had a weapon. Seconds later, the officer called out “shots fired” on his radio.

Police say they don’t yet know whether the man fired a shot. The officer was wearing a body cam.

Dugan says it will show “the suspect turn, point a firearm, and walk toward the officer.”