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TAMPA – A police officer was forced to shoot an armed robbery suspect Sunday morning Tampa.

Around, 1am two women were walking inside the Tampa Park Apartments when a masked male approached them. The man had a firearm and attempted to rob them. One of the women got away and was able to call 911.

When the officer arrived, the suspect fired at the the patrol car. The officer continued to follow the suspect when he fired on the patrol car again. The officer then exited the cruiser and chased the suspect on foot.

Police say at some point, the suspect stopped and turned towards the officer. The officer ordered the man to drop the weapon but instead, he raised it towards the officer. That’s when the officer fired on the suspect.

Tampa Police spokesperson Laura McElroy identified the suspect as 30-year-old John C. Carr Jr., of Tampa. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. McElroy says Carr has a criminal history and was released from prison last year.

The officer’s name has not been released at this time. He was uninjured as well as the robbery victims. No additional information was released.

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