Police: Officer hit on head with pliers by burglary suspect in Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa police officer was hit in the head with a pair of pliers by a burglary suspect while responding to an alarm call early Monday morning.

According to police, the officer was responded to the Advance Auto Parts located at 1717 50th St. N around 1:42 a.m.

After arriving at the business, the officer found the suspect, who was later identified as 37-year-old Leonard Henry, inside the front glass doors. When Henry saw the officer, that is when deputies say he threw a large pair of channel lock pliers through the front door with enough force to
shatter the glass and hit the officer in the face. 

Deputies say the officer immediately requested assistance and kept the doors covered so Henry could not escape.

A K9 was released inside the door and was able to locate Henry hiding at the top of a storage shelf in the warehouse area.

The officer who was attacked was taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment, where she received 8 stitches over her left eye and was released.

Deputies say Henry was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled substance, burglary and criminal mischief.

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