Update: 2 Arrested in Shooting at Police Station
Multiple law enforcement agencies helped capture the suspect that fired a shot outside the District 2 Tampa Police Department office today.
Update Jan. 11 5:06 p.m.: The Tampa Police Department has announced the arrest of two men in connection with today’s shooting at the District 2 office.
Louis Xavier Ruiz-Machado, 19, drove the pickup truck involved in the parking lot shooting. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and felony possession of marijuana.
Milton Coley, 24, has been charged with passion of marijuana.
More details about the case have also emerged.
According to police, Coley and Ruiz-Machado had agreed to meet at 109th Avenue and Lantana Avenue to conduct a drug deal. Coley, a media release said, walked up to Ruiz-Machado’s pickup truck and took marijuana from him and then refused to pay. Ruiz-Machado then fired a shot at Coley, who was running away.
At this point, Coley called a friend to pick him up. When he tried to get into the friend’s Nissan Altima in the 2200 block of Bougainvillea Avenue, Ruiz-Machado began chase. Coley’s friend, the report said, was in fear and drove to the police department’s district office.
“The pick-up truck chased them twice through the parking lot at a high rate of speed,” the release said. “Ruiz-Machado fired at least one shot and then fled as officers exited the district office with guns drawn.
Ruiz-Machado was pulled over a short while later with the help of the University of South Florida Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol. Police recovered a 9mm weapon inside the truck.
Coley was subsequently arrested after witnesses saw him throw away to large baggies of marijuana outside the District 2 office.
Coley’s friend does not face any charges.
Tampa Police Department officers have detained two suspects in an afternoon shooting that took place at the agency’s District 2 office.
According to a TPD media release, the shooting took place around 12:53 p.m. today, Jan. 11, when a gray Dodge pickup truck pulled into the department’s 9330 N. 30th St. office and fired at least one shot at another vehicle. The suspects then fled the area, but were pulled over on Bull Run near Fowler Avenue a short time later.
The suspect were taken back to the district office where they are now being questioned.
No other details are available at this time.
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