Prime Suspect in Convenience Store Shooting is Shot During Arrest

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SUSPECT: Carlos Roberto Laboy, DOB: 12/19/84, 1917 Mulberry Drive, Tampa (Deceased)

SUSPECT#2: Pedro Jose Torres, DOB: 11/15/87, H/M, 1221 East Columbus Drive, Tampa (Getaway Driver)

CHARGES: Robbery with a Firearm, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Firearm with Serial Number Removed, Felon in Possession in Firearm, additional charges pending.

INVOLVED OFFICER: Greg Pryor, 34-years-old, 9 years law enforcement experience

WHEN: 8/24/11, 12:27 a.m.

WHERE: 1917 Mulberry Drive, Tampa

Tampa Police officers arrived at the duplex on Mulberry Drive to arrest the prime suspect in the shooting of a mom and pop convenience store owner. When the suspect exited the duplex, he was confronted by officers who shouted," Police, stop, don't move." Instead of complying with the officers' orders, the suspect made a sudden move toward his waistband. The officers who knew this suspect shot an innocent man last week believed he was going for a gun. They were in fear for their lives and one of the officers fired at least one shot. The suspect was hit in the hip and transported to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. Doctors pronounced him dead at 5:36 a.m. on August 24th.

As the suspect was being transported to the hospital, officers learned the convenience store owner took a turn for the worse and was rushed into surgery. 56-year-old Yasin Sara remains in critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Officers have aggressively investigated the shooting of the store owner since it took place last Wednesday, August 17 at 4:12 p.m. at the Y & S Supermarket and Deli, 1202 East Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. On Monday night they obtained the gun that they believed was used in the shooting through a confidential source. That individual led officers to the getaway driver who was taken into custody Tuesday night. He cooperated with officers, confessed to the crime and identified the prime suspect in the shooting.  Officers were attempting to arrest prime suspect early Wednesday morning when he was shot. Per the Tampa Police Department's policy, the officer involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation by the State Attorney, TPD's Internal Affairs and Homicide Shoot Team.

Laura McElroy