TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A police officer who was wounded during a shootout in a hotel parking lot in Florida is expected to survive.
Tampa Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said 53-year-old Jose Rodriguez likely owes his life to his bulletproof vest.
The two suspects were both shot and killed.
Rodriguez, who’s been an officer for 13 years, was shot Saturday afternoon.
Officials received a 911 call from someone who saw two men fighting at a gas station. Police said Sunday that one of the suspects, 51-year-old Leroy King, was dead when officers arrived.
The other suspect, 46-year-old Patrick Matthew McManamon, fired at officers. They fired back.
It wasn’t known what started the initial altercation.