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Dade City officer released from hospital, search continues for driver who intentionally hit him

DADE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) - The Dade City police officer who was hit by a suspect has been released from the hospital as the search for a driver who intentionally hit him continues.

Investigators say at 10 p.m. on Saturday night, Officer Kevin Burns, 38, was intentionally struck as he approached a 4-door Nissan Altima that was stopped in the road in the 14000 block of State Street.

Prior to being hit, Burns called for backup, saying the vehicle's occupant may be involved in a drug transaction.

Officer Miguel Velez, 27, arrived and pulled in behind the suspect's vehicle.

When Officer Burns moved toward the vehicle, the driver accelerated and hit Burns.

Officer Velez shot at the fleeing car.

The suspect turned west onto Marshall Avenue, hit a dark blue Ford Fusion and drove away.

Officer Burns was transported by Bayflight to Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson. Burns, who is a father of five, suffered road rash to his cheeks and nose.

Police video revealed the suspect's vehicle is owned by the Hertz Corporation and was reported stolen on Nov. 6.

The vehicle is described as a grey, 2018 Nissan Altima with Florida tag 770-YRV .

The vehicle should have damage on the driver's side from hitting the dark blue Ford Fusion. Police also believe the vehicle's windows may have been broken during the incident.

It is not known if the suspect, believed to be a black male with short cropped hair, was injured.

On Sunday morning, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office named a person of interest in the case, Devyne Fields, 19.

If you know the location of the vehicle or subject, or have any information about this incident, please call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488. 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.

Officer Velez has been placed on administrative leave, per established procedures, pending further investigation into the shooting.

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