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The information below is preliminary information that we know at this point in the investigation.  This information could change as the investigation progresses.

WHAT: Suspect fires at officers. Officers return fire, fatally injuring the suspect

WHERE:  3312 Cherokee Avenue, Tampa

 WHEN: 1:10 a.m. - Domestic disturbance 911 call

              2:50 a.m. - Suspect fires at officers, officers return fire

 SUSPECT: Sunny Chin, 07/15/1962, A/M, 3312 Cherokee Avenue, Tampa

 OFFICERS: The name of the officers involved will be released once the interviews are complete.  That will be late this morning or early this afternoon.           


At approximately 1:10 a.m., Tampa Police received a call regarding a domestic disturbance at the residence. When officers arrived at the home, the suspect came to the front door and pointed a gun at the officers.  The officers took cover and called for backup.  Once additional units arrived, including TRT, they tried for approximately 45 minutes to convince the suspect to surrender peacefully. The suspect told the officers they would have to come and get him. 


Eventually, the suspect came out of the house on to the carport, with a firearm tucked into a towel around his waist. TRT officers approached the suspect telling him to show his hands and put down the gun.  The suspect reached behind for his gun and fired one shot that hit the shield the officers were using for cover. The officers returned fire, killing the man in the carport area.


No officers were injured. The woman who was in the house had scrapes and bruises, but no serious injuries. She is cooperating with police.


As is standard, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.