Suspect identified in St. Petersburg Police officer-involved shooting

Suspect identified in St. Petersburg Police officer-involved shooting
Gun found in the car belonging to the suspect. (Source: WWSB)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WWSB)— St. Petersburg Police have released more information on the suspect in an officer-involved shooting.

According to investigators, police were attempting to locate 20-year-old Dominque Harris. Harris was wanted on felony Child Abuse charges stemming from an incident in late October 2020. Police say he had assaulted a 15-year-old male child during an altercation at an area basketball court.

Detectives were able to locate Harris at the Food Max convenience store located at 1400 18th Avenue South. Harris parked his vehicle facing the store while a passenger went inside. Uniformed St. Petersburg officers made contact with Harris and positively identified him as the suspect they were seeking.

Investigators say Harris attempted to escape by ramming two law enforcement vehicles, a cement barrier belonging to the convenience store, and a citizen’s vehicle. Having been blocked from escaping, Harris pointed a firearm out of the driver’s side window and began firing at detectives.

An officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department was shot in the torso Wednesday evening just south of downtown St. Pete, according to the police department. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the media that the officer is alive and does not want to be identified by name until his family has been notified.

Investigators assigned to the Taskforce say Harris was transported to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was later pronounced deceased.

The detective who was shot was also transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently stable.

The officers involved in this shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave as is standard practice.

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