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Florida man gets 30 years for shooting officer, stealing car

Terrese Lafayte Colston
Posted at 8:33 AM, Jul 04, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for shooting and wounding a police officer after stealing a car.

Court records show that 29-year-old Terrese Colston was sentenced Wednesday. He's convicted of carjacking and brandishing a firearm.

Authorities say Colston forced a driver out of his parked car at gunpoint in Lakeland last July. An officer spotted the stolen car several hours later and attempted a traffic stop.

Colston tried to speed away but crashed and fled on foot. The officer tried to subdue Colstron with a stun gun, and Colston shot the officer in the face. The wounded officer returned fire, hitting Colston in the leg.

Other officers arrived and took Colston into custody.