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St. Petersburg Police recover stolen car used in officer shooting

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Shooting scene at 1440 49th Street South Shooting scene at 1440 49th Street South
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

St. Petersburg Police have recovered a stolen car that was used to drove over an officer's cruiser, but have not found the man suspected of stealing the car.

The 2006 Mazda 6 was found in the area of 8414 5th St. N. after a citizen called to report seeing it. Bullet damage was found in the vehicle, which officers shot at on Wednesday evening.

The incident began when three unmarked police units pulled into the parking lot of the Quick Stop convenience store at 1440 49th Street South after a report of a stolen vehicle.

As officers approached, investigators say the driver ran to the car, got inside, and backed into and over, one of the unmarked cruisers.  Another officer, named Neil Rambaran, 32, fired several rounds at the car.  The suspect then drove forward off the cruiser and fled the scene.  The suspect hit two other unmarked police vehicles as he left the parking lot.

Officer Michael DeMark, 29, suffered minor injuries, but did not need medical treatment.  Officials do not know if the suspect was hurt.

The suspect vehicle is black 2006 Mazda 6 with a FL tag number of G142LV.  The tag is stolen and is not registered to the car.  It should have rear end damage.

Police say the suspect is a black man in his 20's.  He's about 6'1" and was wearing black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone who sees the car or knows who the suspect is, is asking to call (727) 893-7880.  You can also text a tip to (727) 420-8911.


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