WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) — A man was killed and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper was injured after a shootout in Wesley Chapel, according to authorities.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office first broke the news around 6 a.m., saying it was assisting with an investigation into a shooting involving an FHP trooper.
An FHP release said a trooper was on patrol on I-75 at around 3:15 a.m. when he spotted two men who appeared to be stealing a pickup truck or items from the truck.
The two men tried to flee north from the trooper in their own truck and fired shots at the pursuing trooper that ended up hitting a tanker truck, according to the release.
When they got to SR-50, the two men switched directions and headed back south on I-75. Two other troopers joined the chase at this point.
The FHP said the chase ended at Overpass Road when the suspects left the interstate, and one trooper completed a PIT maneuver to stop them.
Troopers said the two men tried to run to the woods, but while one man surrendered, another pulled a gun and got into a shootout with one trooper.
A shot hit the trooper in the torso, but he survived. The FHP said the suspect was killed by gunfire.
The injured trooper was taken to a hospital where he was stabilized.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local law enforcement are investigating the shooting.
The suspect who surrendered was also hospitalized, and his charges are pending as of this report.
The Overpass Road exit was closed for hours Saturday morning, but both lanes have since reopened by the afternoon.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.