Hillsborough County deputy fired upon 8 times during traffic stop; shooter on the run, HCSO says

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for a shooter who deputies say fired at one of their own.

The sheriff’s office said the incident happened around 4:46 a.m. Sunday during a traffic stop near the intersection of 43rd Street and Skipper Road.

Chief Deputy Donna Lusczynski said Deputy Geovanny Rodriguez stopped a silver Jeep Cherokee that had no tag, but before he got out of his vehicle, the driver fired at him at least eight times.

However, the shots missed the deputy, who fired back at the attacker as they fled, according to Lusczynski. The alleged shooter then abandoned the vehicle on Skipper Road during their escape.

Bullet holes seen in the deputy’s windshield from when he returned fire (Courtesy: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

“Although we conduct a lot of traffic stops, it’s one of the most dangerous things we do because we don’t know who we’re coming in contact with, what they just may have done a few minutes earlier, and this situation just shows how dangerous the job is for law enforcement,” Lusczynski said.

Lusczynski said the vehicle used in the shooting was previously taken at gunpoint in the Brandon area last Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office said it does not have a description of the suspect due to how quick things happened in the dark of night.

“We’re asking the community if anybody saw or heard anything to please contact the sheriff’s office,” Lusczynski said.

The HCSO does not believe there is a danger to public at this time. Lusczynski said Rodriguez has been placed on administrative leave as required by agency policy.

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