TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a suspected car thief was fatally shot after he tried to drown a police officer and police dog in suburban Tampa.
Three other suspects, including an 18-year-old girl and a 16-year-old, were ultimately arrested.
Police said in a news release that the confrontation began about 2:30 a.m. Monday when an officer spotted a stolen SUV. The SUV stopped behind a church, and the four suspects ran into a swampy area.
Two men were quickly captured. But officers and police dogs followed the other two into the woods. Authorities said 18-year-old Kobvey Igbuhay tried to drown the officer and his police dog and was shot during the confrontation. Igbuhay died at a hospital.
The officer and dog weren't injured.