Florida man shot after hitting Polk County deputy with car, fleeing

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jul 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 07:28:17-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a man was shot after hitting a deputy with his vehicle during an attempted traffic stop and then leading deputies on a chase in Central Florida.

Polk County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Hortsman said in a news release that incident happened Sunday evening during a traffic stop near Lakeland.

During a traffic stop the suspect drove toward the deputy. Hortsman said the deputy rolled onto the hood of his patrol car and is expected to be OK.

The suspect then fled. Other deputies forced him off the road near Auburndale. Hortsman says the man got out of his car and the shooting occurred. He was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital.

His name and condition weren't available. No further details were provided.