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FHP Trooper Shot During Altercation In Tampa

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Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2005
in the Tampa Tribune

TAMPA - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was shot in the thigh with his own gun during a fight with a driver following a traffic stop Wednesday morning, officials said.

After Trooper Brandon McElderry, 30, had stopped Darian Maurice Wright, 28, for a tag violation near the Seminole Heights neighborhood, the two began to argue and then fight, FHP spokesman Larry Coggins said.

McElderry had initially attempted to stop Wright on Interstate 275, but managed to stop him after he exited, Coggins said.

Wright ran from McElderry and when the trooper caught him there was a struggle over his gun, Coggins said.

The details of the fight were not immediately available, Coggins said.

McElderry, a two-year FHP veteran, was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in fair condition with a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh, Coggins said.

Wright was hospitalized at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for injuries sustained in his struggle with the trooper.

Authorities are investigating the incident and have not yet arrested Wright for shooting the trooper. He is being held on other, unspecified charges. Wright intitially identified himself as his cousin, Tony Livingston. Livingston was at home, and was not involved with the indicent.


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