ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man fleeing a traffic stop shot a Florida sheriff's sergeant and a K-9 before turning the gun on himself.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the shooter died early Friday. He was identified as 23-year-old Elijah Johnson.
Sheriff's Office sergeant shot while searching for man that fled from deputies and shot @StPetePD K-9 dog in St. Petersburg. Sergeant and K-9 both in stable condition. Shooter died of apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound. pic.twitter.com/4XZ4FUObPh— Pinellas SO (@SheriffPinellas) March 29, 2019
The Tampa Bay Times reports Johnson was stopped around 2 a.m. by a Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy who was working with a violent crimes task force.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says Johnson tried to flee. A St. Petersburg police officer and K-9 found his abandoned car nearby and began tracking the area. Johnson shot K-9 Titan before fleeing again and shooting at Sgt. David Stang, who appears to have been caught by surprise. Stang and Titan are both listed in stable condition.