TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Tampa Police say a suspect is dead following an officer-involved shooting at a home police where police were executing a search warrant in a drug investigation.
It happened on the 900 block of Knollwood St. West just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say in the past three months, Tampa Police officers purchased hydo marijuana from the suspect multiple times. During each transaction, police say the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Jason Joseph Westcott, was armed with a handgun. Officers say Tuesday they obtained a warrant to search the home and arrest the suspect.
Because of the high risk of executing a search warrant at the home of an armed suspect, police say the SWAT officers were also there to go inside. Once inside, police say a subject in the front room immediately surrendered and was taken into custody.
When officers opened the door of a back bedroom, police say the armed suspect raised his gun and threatened the officers. They feared for their lives and that’s when police say two officers fired at least two shots. Westcott was transported to St. Joseph's hospital where he later died, police said.
Police said it has yet to be determined if the other subject in the house will face charges.
TPD's shoot team, internal affairs and the Hillsborough County State Attorney's office are all investigating the incident, a police spokesperson said.
Per protocol, the officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave while the investigations are conducted.
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