Tampa Officer Shoots Suspect During Burglary
A Tampa police dog was burned, officers said.
TAMPA – A suspect was shot and a police dog burned Thursday (Jan. 12) during a burglary at a Tampa home, according to the Tampa Police Department.
Joey Antonio Kennedy, 40, was taken to a hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries, officers said. A Tampa police dog, Indo, received burns to his head and is being treated by a veterinarian. No other officers were injured.
Tampa police said they received a report of a burglary in progress about 10:53 a.m. at 1022 E 25th Ave. When officers arrived at the house, they saw a side window was broken. Officers said they recognized a car parked outside the house as belonging to a man with an “extensive criminal record and outstanding warrants.” Three officers entered the house where they found Kennedy, who threw a “flaming accelerant” on Indo and Officer Tim Bergman.
Bergman, who said he feared for his life, shot Kennedy. Bergman was able to put out the fire.
Bergman, who has been with the department for 12 years, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard in such cases.
For information about the Tampa Police Department, go to tampagov.net.
Photos of Indo and Joey Antonio Kennedy courtesy of the Tampa Police Department.
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