Ruskin, FL - Video has just been released from an undercover detective's hidden body camera which shows a drug buy ending in a gun battle between a pair of robbers and police (video below.)
On December 6th at around 5 PM, undercover Hillsborough Sheriff's Office detectives set up a drug buy in a Wendy's parking lot.
During the buy of $2,200 worth of cocaine, Efren Esparza-Lopez pulled a 9MM, racked the slide, and told the detective to turn over the cash. He was aided by the driver, Luis Gutierrez, according to Tampa Bay Times.
"Don't move," Esparza-Lopez said.
"You got a f-ing gun, dude?" Ryan said, which alerted the backup officers. "You ain't gotta f-ing shoot me... Hold on motherf-er"
"Just give me the f-ing money and I won't, " Esparza-Lopez said.
Moments later, a Ford Expedition with flashing emergency lights screeched around the corner and pulled behind the robbers' vehicle. Esparza-Lopez opened fire on the deputies in the patrol car.
The undercover detective ran like hell for cover as deputies returned fire. Gutierrez then backed his car into the police vehicle and sped away. Another nearby deputy pursued the car as Esparza-Lopez opened fire on him, striking his patrol car with bullets.
The suspect's vehicle then crashed into trees as Gutierrez collapsed from gunshot wounds to his head, shoulder, and torso. Esparza-Lopez ran away and was conveniently arrested at Brandon Regional Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound in his back.
Both suspects survived and are being charged. The Sheriff's Office Shooting Review Board found that the deputies were justified in their use of lethal force.
You can see video from the incident below: