Tampa, FL - A suspect threw flaming accelerant on Tampa Police Officer Tim Bergman and his K9 Indo on Thursday.
According to WFLA8, Tampa Police Officers responded to a call of Burglary in Progress at about 10:53 AM at 1022 E. 25th Ave. Upon arrival, the Tampa Officers noticed that a window on the side of the house was broken. They had also recognized the vehicle that was parked outside the house as belonging to a suspect, Joey Kennedy. Tampa Officers were familiar with Kennedy who had outstanding arrest warrants and a lengthy criminal history. According to the Tampa Police Department, the outstanding warrants on Kennedy involved probation violations for Robbery and Grand Theft.
Three Tampa Police Officers entered the residence and found Kennedy inside. K9 Indo was deployed and Kennedy tossed flaming accelerant on both TPD Officer Bergman and K9 Indo. Officer Bergman opened fire and shot Kennedy.
Joey Kennedy, age 40, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized. It is believed that he will survive his injuries and charges are pending. Joey Kennedy has an extensive criminal history and has been arrested more than a dozen times in Florida since 1992 and has served prison time for Sexually Battering a Child, Failing to Register as a Sex Offender, Resisting an Officer with Violence and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.
K9 Indo received minor burns on his head but was treated and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Officer Tim Bergman was able to put the flames out on his uniform and was uninjured. The accelerant was found to be 'Kilz' brand paint primer.
Officer Tim Bergman has been with the Tampa PD for twelve years and has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard for officer-involved shootings. No one else was injured.
Our thoughts and prayers are with K9 Indo. We are grateful that no other officers were hurt.
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