One man was arrested and another remained at large after a threatened officer shot at them before their fleeing car hit the officer, Haines City police said.
Timothy Tyrone Bodison, 32, is wanted on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm during a felony and resisting an officer.
Bodison was described by police as being in his 20s with a thin build, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with his hair in long dreads. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt or tank top, red shorts and a black baseball cap, running south on F Street near U.S. 17-92 West.
Bodison, who is known to frequent Lake Hamilton and Haines City, should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
Bodison was being sought after police were called early Sunday to investigate a fight at a BP gas station at 95 U.S. 17-92 W.
Upon arrival just after midnight, officers identified a vehicle potentially involved in the fight and ordered the occupants to step out, police said.
The driver, later identified as Maurice Anthony Lynch, appeared to be complying and raised his hands inside the vehicle, police said. The front-seat passenger, later identified as Bodison, refused to comply and produced a handgun, police said.
Fearing for his life, the officer fired one round toward Bodison, and the vehicle immediately fled the BP parking lot, striking the officer, police said.
The officer was not injured, police said.
After a brief pursuit, Lynch was caught in the parking lot of the Publix on U.S 17-92, police said. Bodison fled on foot, police said.
Lynch, 34, was charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude and accessory after the fact. He was being held without bond at the Polk County Jail.
Investigators used surveillance images to help determine that Bodison was the passenger in the vehicle, police said.
Anyone with information on Bodison was urged to contact police at (863) 421-3636 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).