Police: Footage shows suspect raise gun before Tampa officer shoots him

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa police officer shot and injured a man who raised a gun at him during an investigation into his erratic behavior earlier in the night, and it was caught on camera.

The Tampa Police Department said Jeremy Liwag, 28, was banging on doors at the Bowery Bayside apartment complex Monday night while concealing a handgun behind his back.

One of the apartment residents released her Ring camera footage to police, which shows Liwag acting erratically. The suspect can be seen holding what appears to be a firearm behind his back, banging on her neighbor’s door and calling for anyone inside. The footage was released by the police department and can be viewed in the video player above.

Officers then responded to Liwag’s apartment to conduct a welfare check. They made contact with him around 11:37, but they weren’t able to calm him down.

Body camera footage shows Liwag raise a gun up from behind his back, which the department said forced the officer to shoot him. That interaction was also released by police and shown in the video above.

First aid was provided on the suspect and he was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening wounds to his abdomen and left arm.

The officer who shot Liwag has been placed on administrative leave. He has been with the department for six years.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reviewing the shooting.

People living at the apartment complex feel uneasy. Claire McMahon was in bed when she said she heard several pops. She lives on the floor above Liwag’s.

“At the time I thought someone was knocking at my door, that’s how close it was to me,” McMahon said.

Shortly after hearing the pops, McMahon said she opened her door to see what was going on.

“There was a cop running down the stairs and he was like ma’am get inside your apartment and lock your door so I did that,” McMahon said. “I was terrified, I didn’t know what to do, I was scared for my safety at the time so I did what he told me to do and went back inside.”

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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