Violent Struggle During Undercover Drug Deal Leaves Officer with Broken Hand and Injuries Suspect

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Date: 4/9/11, 7:54pm

Location: parking lot at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Grady Avenue North

Suspect: Derrick Hankerson, DOB: 8/30/69, B/M, no known address, known drug dealer with criminal history

Involved Officer: Corporal Todd Rego, 38 years old, sustained a broken hand during the arrest. He was treated and released from Memorial Hospital. He has 13 years on the department. Cpl. Rego is on his normal days off, but when he returns he will be on light duty while his injury heals.

Undercover Officers were attempting to arrest the suspect after they purchased narcotics from him. He became aggressive and began ramming his vehicle into a police car and several other vehicles before trying to run over a police officer. An officer fired his weapon, but did not hit the suspect. The suspect continued to flee. He eventually bailed out of his car while it was still running. When officers caught up with him, he was so combative, that it took several officers to take him into custody. An officer's hand was broken during that struggle. The suspect was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with a cut on his arm. Police seized a handgun and powder cocaine in the suspect's vehicle.

As part of the department's standard operating procedure, a thorough investigation always follows a incident that requires an officer to discharge a weapon. That investigation is conducted by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, the TPD Homicide Shoot Team and the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Laura McElroy