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Florida deputy, K-9 shot while tracking suspect

We wish him a speedy recovery

St. Petersburg Police Department
St. Petersburg Police Department

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A Pinellas County deputy and St. Petersburg Police Department K-9 were shot early Friday morning while tracking a suspect.

Shortly before 2 a.m., a Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy with the Joint Violent Crimes Task Force attempted to make a traffic stop, the department said. 

The man, 23-year-old Elijah Johnson, initially stopped but fled the scene. 

K-9 Titan went after Johnson and was shot. 

A short time later, the suspect fired shots at Sergeant David Stang. He was hit in the shoulder.

Johnson then turned the gun on himself, police said.

Sgt Stang was taken to Bayfront Health and is in stable condition. K-9 Titan also underwent surgery and is in stable condition, PCSO said. 

Officer Shone is keeping an eye on his partner K9 Titan. Titan was shot in the leg this morning while tracking a suspect. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Sgt. was also shot, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Posted by St. Petersburg Police Department on Friday, March 29, 2019

Early Shooting This is preliminary information but keep in mind this is still under investigation. Shortly before 2...

Posted by St. Petersburg Police Department on Friday, March 29, 2019

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