TAMPA (FOX 13) - An officer continues his recovery at the hospital Monday morning as new details surface in the shooting that placed him there.
Tampa police say the incident went down the Hyatt Place near 30th Street and Fowler Avenue Saturday, but new information from a witness suggests things actually started down the street at a nearby gas station.
Sunoco gas station clerk Muna Patel was on duty that afternoon, and told police he saw two men, later identified as 46-year-old Patrick McManamon and 51-year-old Edward King, arguing in a pick-up truck that was parked at one of the pumps.
Then someone ran inside in a panic.
“He said, ‘Call 911.Somebody shooting in the truck,’” said Patel.
He called the police, and later said not more than a minute passed before he saw the passenger, McManamon, get out of the truck and swap seats with the driver, King, who had been shot.
Tampa police say McManamon then drove off, and ended up pulling into the Hyatt Place parking lot, where the incident escalated as police arrived.
Officer Jose Rodriguez, a 53-year-old, 13-year veteran with the Tampa Police Department, was one of the first on scene.
Investigators say he approached McManamon, and that’s what he ended up getting shot.
He and another officer then returned fire, hitting McManamon, who later died.
King did not survive the incident either; however police believe the shooting at the Sunoco is what caused his death.
Investigators say Officer Rodriguez did survive, and is expected to make a full recovery after being rushed to Tampa General Hospital that day.
They say the bulletproof vest he was wearing likely saved his life.
As his recovery continues investigators are still working to piece together just what led up to Saturday’s shooting.
They say both McManamon and King have lengthy criminal histories, and that no other suspects are wanted at this time.
FOX 13 will continue with updates as they become available.