Officer describes shoot-out during Temple Terrace traffic stop

- Last Wednesday, Temple Terrace Police Officer Courtney Baldwin pulled over the driver of a Jaguar. Officer Baldwin suspected the passenger, Jordan Bowie was involved in a recent robbery and appeared to be reaching for something.

Dash cam video shows how quickly things escalated.

"Keep your hands on the dash! Keep your hands on the dash!" orders Officer Baldwin.

And then there was a shootout.

The dramatic video was shown during Bowie's bond hearing.

Officer Baldwin explained his split-second decision to use his weapon.

"When he came up with a firearm it gave me enough time to shoot once and I started to retreat while shooting at the same time he is shooting back at me. I've never been scared like that in my lif.e I have a family to go home to," said Officer Baldwin.

During the shootout, a female passenger runs out of the car. Bowie is taken down and immediately wants to bribe his way to freedom, explained Temple Terrace Detective Justin Moss.

"He said, 'I'll give you a hundred stacks if you let me go right now,'" said Detective Moss.

Prosecutors explained to the judge the word "stack" is a street term meaning a thousand dollars.

Bowie's attorney fought to get him released on bond saying he is no threat to the community and his mother is standing by him. But Judge Margaret Taylor wasn't swayed and denied Bowie bond, pointing out that the video speaks for itself.

Bowie faces attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and will remain in jail until his trial starts.

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