Deputies: Carjacking suspect shot dead after running over Plant City detective

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — One suspect is dead and another has been hospitalized after a Plant City detective was run over Wednesday morning.

The incident crossed multiple county lines and involved the Plant City Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Plant City Police Department, two detectives were conducting vehicle surveillance around 11 a.m. on a silver pick-up truck with two people inside, Aaron Phillips, 31 and April Thompson, 36.

The truck was followed into the parking lot of the United Food store on Sammonds Road and the detectives attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle.


The police department said the Thompson attempted to flee the scene by ramming both of the police vehicles with the truck. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Thompson then reportedly drove at the detectives, which is when the detectives opened fire on the vehicle.

At this time it is not known if Phillips may have had a role in the detective being run over.

The injured Plant City detective was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with several internal injuries and is currently listed in stable condition.

After fleeing the scene, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the two suspects went to a home on Cooper Road and carjacked a resident at gunpoint. The resident said the man and woman stole their blue Toyota Tacoma and took off north on Cooper Road.

The two suspects were ultimately located in Polk County and were shot by Polk County deputies.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson and Phillips were apprehended by a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy in a black Volkswagon at a trailer park on Bailey Place.

While attempting to take Phillips into custody, Thompson got out of the front passenger seat of the car, and went around to the other side to get into the driver’s seat.

While the deputy was trying to stop the Thompson from driving away, he heard a female’s voice scream, “He’s got a gun,” Sheriff Judd said.

Deputy Jackson proceeded to fire his weapon at Phillips in fear of his life ultimately killing him.

Thompson who was in the backseat of the vehicle was also shot in the stomach and as transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital.

At this time, Thompson is being held on a multitude of charges that have not fully been released at this time.

This story will be updated.


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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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