PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man is in custody after a carjacking and shooting in Wesley Chapel.
Luis Tull, 36, was arrested around 10 a.m. Thursday.
Detectives said Tull attempted to carjack a man at the McDonald’s located on State Road 54 Wednesday night.
When the man refused, authorities say Tull shot him. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputies said a bystander who was leaving the drive-thru saw what was happening and jumped in to help. As this was happening, Tull allegedly stole the bystander’s vehicle and left.
The stolen vehicle was located a short time later near U.S. Highway 98 in Dade City.
Investigators suspect Tull may have possibly stolen another vehicle, this time a gray Chrysler van.
Detectives swarmed the area of 1st Street near Florida Avenue in Dade City and searched behind a home. They urged residents nearby to stay indoors and to keep their doors locked.
“I have video of him running through the front and into the back,” said homeowner Josh Akins.
Akins’ Ring doorbell camera caught Tull as he walked around the property, at one point slamming a back door.
Akins came face-to-face with him and Tull asked for a ride. Akins refused, telling Tull his children were asleep inside.
“With my little kids, I don’t currently own a gun but it’s something that you’re definitely looking into to have for protection in my house now,” he said. “It’s kind of scary there was an armed guy that was less from like me to you having a conversation with me,” Akins explained.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office said Tull was in custody.
He carjacked a person in the Dade City area and forced the man to drive into Zephyrhills, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
Two deputies, in separate cruisers, spotted the stolen Ford Mustang and stopped it. The owner got out, and that’s when Tull got into the driver’s seat and tried to crash into the deputies, Nocco said.
Shots were fired, but none hit Tull.
Eventually, deputies Tased him and took him to jail.
“These criminals, they get more and more brazen. More and more things are going on now,” Nocco said during a press conference Thursday.
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