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Teen arrested after shooting at officer in Largo

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LARGO, FL (WFLA) -

The home invasion suspect who exchanged gunfire with a Largo police officer late Thursday night is in custody.

Terry Lamar James, 19, was located and arrested by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies on Friday morning.

James is a suspect in two home invasion robberies. LPD officers trying to locate him last night arrived at a home in the 6300 block of 144th Street N. around 9:20 Thursday night.

Officers tried to make contact with James, who fled from the home around 11:17 p.m., Largo Police said.

James and an officer behind the residence exchanged gunfire, police said. Neither the officer, nor James was injured.

Deputies working off a tip later followed James and two other people in a vehicle that pulled into the parking lot of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinellas Park. James got out and fled about a half mile away into a neighborhood, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

Gualtieri said James turned around when he got to a fence, put his hands in his pants and said to deputies, 'shoot me.' Deputies used a taser to subdue James and took him into custody.

"This is a very dangerous situation and the deputies did a great job taking somebody who's a dangerous guy, a true bad guy, off the streets without them getting hurt or him getting hurt," Gualtieri said.

Making the search for James more dangerous, Gualtieri said, was the fact that one of the people in the vehicle with James had an app on her iPhone that allowed her to listen to law enforcement radio communications as deputies were following the vehicle.

James is facing several charges including attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.

 

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