Tampa police officer fatally shoots suspect after altercation

February 1st, 2011 by Staff

www2.tbo.com — Initially, Quiles appeared to comply, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. – A Tampa police officer fatally shot a suspect today after the man got into a struggle with a fellow officer, police said.

Pedro E. Quiles, 26, was shot at Bougainvillea Avenue and 16th Street. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he died from his injuries, police said.

Quiles had used a false name and wasn’t identified until after 11 p.m. Monday, police said.

The officers were not injured.

The incident began Monday afternoon when Officer William B. Cain spotted a Toyota Scion driving aggressively at 15th Street near Fowler Avenue, cutting off a city bus, a construction truck and a car, police said.

The officer tried stopping the Scion.

The Scion turned left on Bougainvillea, then right on 16th before pulling over, police said. Cain called for backup after running the driver’s name and determining he was wanted for driving on a suspended license.

After backup arrived, the officers ordered Quiles out of the vehicle.

But then he attacked Cain, 31, who has been an officer since December 2009.

“The suspect got his hand onto the officer’s gun, and he was pulling on it, trying to yank it out of the holster,” McElroy said. “The officer is yelling, ‘Gun! Gun!’ The other officer, who also was involved in the struggle, ordered to the suspect, ‘Stop, or I’ll shoot.’ ”

Officer Scott Savitt, 31, shot the suspect twice, police said. McElroy wasn’t sure where the suspect was shot.

Cain and Savitt, who was hired by police in May 2009, were placed on standard administrative leave with pay pending an investigation into the shooting, police said.

“Obviously this is a situation that could have ended much worse for our officers,” McElroy said. “We’re very thankful the suspect was unsuccessful getting the officer’s gun out of his holster.”

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