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Suspect arrested for running over deputy in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested a suspect in the July 5 fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy.

William Todd Lewis Jr., 24, was arrested July 8 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana more than 20 grams, leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, reckless driving with serious bodily injury, fleeing with intent to avoid serious bodily injury or death and fleeing to avoid arrest of a police officer.

HCSO said at approximately 12:05 a.m. Deputy Kalin Hall, 33, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black BMW on Bearss Avenue near Nebraska Avenue. The suspect fled the scene.

At approximately 12:25 a.m., Hall attempted to stop the vehicle a second time on Plantation Oaks Drive. The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office said that when Hall exited the vehicle, the suspect ran over him, causing him to suffer a broken leg.

Hall was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was released Sunday. He has been with HCSO for 11 years.

Sheriff Chad Cronister said Lewis called his girlfriend for help and she called his mother to pick him up after he abandoned his car.

Detectives said they located the suspect’s abandoned vehicle about a mile from the second stop and identified its owner.

According to HCSO, Lewis’ friend rented a car and the two allegedly tried to flee. Authorities arrested them in the parking lot of a Pasco County strip mall.

The sheriff’s office also arrested Lewis’ girlfriend for attempting to evade prosecution and tampering with evidence.

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