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Tampa Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Went For Officer's Gun

Tampa Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Went For Officer's Gun

Tampa Bay Tribune via YellowBrix

February 02, 2011

TAMPA — Tampa police shot and killed a man during a traffic stop Monday when authorities say he began fighting and tried to get an officer’s gun.

The afternoon’s escalation underscored how routine police work can quickly become fatal, and evoked memories of another traffic stop that turned deadly for police less than a year ago.

“This is a situation that could have turned out very different for our officers,” said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy, referencing the June 29 killing of Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab during a traffic stop in east Tampa. “The way the situation ended was dictated by the suspect’s actions.”

Officer William B. Cain, 41, spotted the man, Pedro E. Quiles, 26, driving erratically at 1:12 p.m. in a Toyota Scion, weaving through traffic and cutting off three vehicles on 15th Street. The officer pulled him over a few blocks later, at 16th Street and Bougainvillea Avenue.

Cain prepared to give him a ticket for aggressive driving, and called for backup after finding that a name the man initially provided on a driver’s license had an active warrant for a suspended license.

Police say the suspect initially was cooperative, but then began fighting with Cain.

When he grabbed Cain’s gun and attempted to yank it from its holster, Officer Scott Savitt, 31, shouted a warning and then shot the suspect twice, police said.

Quiles later died at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The officers are on paid leave while the shooting is investigated, which is the department’s standard policy.

On Monday afternoon, police released what they believed was the suspect’s name, but later discovered that the driver’s license he gave them was incorrect.

Because the suspect had initially given a false name, police conducted a fingerprint examination to confirm his identity.

Late Monday night, police said the man was Quiles, who records show was a self employed mechanic from Tampa with a history of drug and probation violation arrests.

The most recent was just on Jan. 23, when Tampa police charged him with possession of cocaine and a controlled substance, both third-degree felonies, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

He was released that same day after posting a $4,750 bond.

Officer Savitt joined Tampa police in May 2009 and previously worked for the St. Petersburg Police Department, McElroy said.

Cain has been a reserve officer for five years, including two years with Tampa police, McElroy said.

His personnel file with the department shows he has received several letters of appreciation and a safe driving award. He has never been disciplined by the department.


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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    2994 Comments

    Thank God for the back up. and thank God both out LEO are home and the perp isin an ice box. Am tired of hearing of our brothers and sisters in blue in (Fla.) being killed and hurt by these mutts there. Stsy safe and God BLESS..

  • 014_max50

    securetexas

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    Good guys 1 Jack wagons 0
    Both Officers went home! Great day...

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11186 Comments

    Choices and consequences again. This time, the Florida officers came out ahead.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50

    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10574 Comments

    Bump wiesass0282!

  • Meandhim_max50

    jjett84724

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    Wow. Glad the Officers made it home okay. The suspect information is more proof that the revolving door of prison isn't working.

  • 21_max50

    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Good work, Going home is what it is all about

  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Pretty work Officers. You both went home at end of shift.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Glad the officers went home safe.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Well said BrooklynHillsCop!

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23284 Comments

    Happy ending. As for the scumbag the "Big Sleep"

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Perfect.......Wud ya expect ??

  • Clone_trooper_max50

    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    Great job by the officers. They went home safe... as they should.

  • Me_callie08172010_max50

    els98

    over 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    Fantastic work from both officers!

  • Ganster_max50

    mhare

    over 3 years ago

    424 Comments

    And that is what a good backup officer is for. Good guys go home, job well done.

  • Thinker_max50

    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11354 Comments

    From condition yellow to red in a blink of an eye, and failure to properly react could easily cost you or your partner your lives. Great job Tampa PD Officers in appropriately reacting to a very dangerous and life threatening situation by a scumbag who would have definitely taken your lives given the chance....

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