The officers were patrolling the 3600 block of 54th Street when the shooting occurred Tuesday evening. The officers were in plainclothes and driving an unmarked vehicle on 54th Street while a group was gathered outside a home, according to the police department. That's when the bullets start flying, striking the front of the vehicle.
The group separated and all – including the suspect – fled on foot, police said.
By Wednesday morning, detectives announced an arrest after speaking to neighbors and witnesses who came forward with information. A 16-year-old was identified and arrested. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police said a firearm was located at a nearby home because the teen tried to conceal it.
Another teen, a 17-year-old, was with the shooting suspect at the time of his arrest. It turned out the 17-year-old had active warrants out for his arrest for charges of aggravated battery, robbery with a firearm, and attempted murder. Police said the warrants are unrelated to Tuesday's shooting.
Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130.