Florida burglar at auto parts store hits officer in head with pliers

Posted at 9:52 AM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 10:09:07-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a burglar at an auto parts store threw a pair of pliers through a glass door and hit a Tampa police officer in the head.

The officer was responding to a reported break-in early Monday. She received eight stitches above her left eye.

Police say 37-year-old Leonard Henry tried to hid in shelving at the store, but was sniffed out by K-9 Jagger.

Henry was charged with burglary, battery of a law enforcement officer, criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. An investigation continues.