TAMPA (FOX 13) - Police say a suspect wanted for murder out of Georgia is dead after he led officers on a chase and gun battle through Tampa Sunday afternoon.
The chase started just after 6 p.m. when the suspect was spotted driving a white Chevy Impala. He led police on a chase for several minutes on 275 and through Tampa streets. The suspect fired several times at police during the chase.
The pursuit ended at the intersection of E. 28th Avenue and N. 15th Street. Police say the suspect shot at officers as he attempted a carjacking. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect. No officers or bystanders were injured during the shooting.
Andrea Logan lives in the neighborhood, not far from the scene. She said her family was celebrating Easter with 40 members of her family when she heard the commotion.
"The kids were having a happy Easter egg hunt when we heard the helicopters and then we heard the sirens and the gunshots. We rushed all the kids in the house and next we heard somebody was dead in the streets."
Officers and troopers with FHP attempted CPR on the 41-year-old man before he died. The man's identity has not yet been released.
Police Chief Brian Dugan stressed that this is what his officers deal with on a daily basis.
"There is never a routine day for a police officer. Two weeks ago I was talking to you about our officers coming under gunfire. Thankfully in this case, our officers and community members were not hurt."
Interim Police Chief Sheila Rogers with the South Fulton Police Department in Georgia has identified the man shot as Timothy Wyatt. Rogers says her department believes Wyatt shot and killed his girlfriend and wounded her two juvenile sons.