Tampa officer, several others injured in Thursday night shooting spree

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A Tampa Bay police officer was among several injured Thursday night during a 40-minute shooting spree.

Antonio Cruz Ortiz, 31, was arrested after he was involved in several shootings in the city, county and along Interstate 275, according to police.

Police received a 911 call shortly before 7 p.m. about someone shooting from a moving vehicle on the interstate near West Shore Boulevard. Several other calls also came in with similar reports nearby, including people being shot by the same suspect.

Police said they attempted to stop Ortiz about 7:30 p.m. when he allegedly shot at them. One officer was struck in the arm. Police returned fire, and Ortiz’s vehicle’s windshield was shattered by police rounds.

Ortiz then allegedly ran into a nearby apartment complex, where he was later taken into custody.

All of the shooting victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The injured officer has been with the department for 11 months.

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