Bus driver stabbed to death in Tampa; suspect charged with murder

Hillsborough County
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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Police say a bus driver has died after being stabbed by a passenger on a city bus in Tampa. 

The incident occurred in the area of Nebraska Avenue and Lotus Avenue at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses told police the suspect exited the bus and ran toward Interstate 275. Officers later found a man who fit the description walking on the interstate. He was later identified as 35-year-old Justin Ryan McGriff. 

Once McGriff was approached by officers, he fled and resisted arrest, police said. He was later apprehended. 

McGriff is charged with first-degree murder and resisting arrest without violence, according to police. 

“We are devastated by the tragic events that took place today involving our HART bus operator. We are working with the Tampa Police Department as they conduct their investigation into this horrific matter,” HART CEO Benjamin Limmer said in a statement. “We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the bus operator, as well as to all of our HART colleagues.”

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