'He's Got My Gun!': Fla. Police Officer Shot in Violent Clash with Suspect

March 23, 2024
A Tallahassee police officer was shot and wounded in the hand with his own gun when a trespassing suspect grabbed the officer's firearm during a violent struggle outside a hotel.

A Florida police officer was shot with his own weapon earlier this month during a violent struggle that was captured by the officer's body camera.

The confrontation happened shortly after 2 p.m. March 8 when a Tallahassee police officer responded to a trespassing incident at a hotel, according to the department. The suspect had returned to the hotel roughly two hours after the initial call, and an officer, recognizing him from the earlier incident, tried to place the man under arrest.

When the suspect wouldn't comply with commands to surrender, the officer used his baton and Taser to subdue the man, but those efforts were ineffectual. As the altercation escalated, the suspect grabbed and fired the officer's gun, wounding the officer's hand.

“Dispatch, he’s got my gun, he’s got my gun. I’m shot!” the officer can be heard in the video.

The suspect tried to flee on foot with the officer's gun following the shooting, but he was confronted by a secondary officer. Another struggle ensued, with the suspect again trying to disarm the responding officer.

Finally, the suspect was taken into custody with the help of off-duty deputies from Gadsden and Leon counties.

"There is no place for violent crime in this community, especially against the men and women who dedicate their lives to protect and serve this City," Chief Lawrence Revell said. "The officers acted with extreme bravery, and their efforts reflect TPD's high level of training and commitment to being able to safely arrest individuals."

The wounded officer is expected to recover from his injuries. The suspect was charged with felony attempted murder and held without bond.

About the Author

Joe Vince

Joining Endeavor Business Media in 2018, Joe has worked on the company's city services publications. He began working at OFFICER.com as the assistant editor. Before starting at Endeavor, Joe had worked for a variety of print and online news outlets, including the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, Reddit and Patch.com.

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