TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A teenager was arrested for allegedly firing shots at three police officers who were patrolling Tampa’s Grant Park neighborhood Tuesday night.
The Tampa Police Department said the 16-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday morning with an acquaintance who had multiple warrants out for his arrest.
Police said three members of the agency’s Street Anti-Crime squad were patrolling the 3600 block of 54th Street in an unmarked vehicle and saw a group gathered outside a home.
Someone in the group fired multiple shots at the officers, hitting their vehicle, which sustained minor damage.
The suspect ran off and the group dispersed in different directions. None of the officers returned fire, and no injuries were reported.
Police said neighbors helped them identify the suspect as a 16-year-old boy. Police were also able to recover a firearm that he hid at a home nearby.
The teen was taken into custody and three counts of aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon.
Police said the teen was with an acquaintance who had multiple warrants out for his arrest. The 17-year-old was arrested on unrelated charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, robbery with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder.
“Within hours of the shooting, detectives were able to identify and arrest those involved because of the assistance we received from concerned neighbors,” said Interim Chief Lee Bercaw. “That pertinent information, along with surveillance video located in the nearby area, allowed officers to quickly take the shooter into custody. I commend all those who came forward and heeded the message we cannot repeat enough in law enforcement: if you see something, say something. I hope this incident shows just how much we can accomplish when we all work together. Today, two guns are off the street, and a community is more at ease thanks to the partnership from concerned neighbors who did the right thing by coming forward with iformation that led to the arrests overnight.”