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St. Pete police shoot man while serving drug warrant, still searching for suspects

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Published:   |   Updated: March 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM

St. Petersburg police officers shot a 19-year-old man Friday night as he rode in a car that was speeding toward them, police said.

Officers from the departmentís vice and narcotics division were serving a search warrant for narcotics at 3810 18th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg, shortly after 7:30, when police say a white Toyota Camry parked near the home drove directly toward a group of uniformed and undercover officers.

Sgt. Shannon Halstead and two undercover detectives fired at the car, hitting Danadrick Chance in the leg, police said. Chance was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Charges were pending against him Friday night.

The car fled the scene to an alley near the intersection of 13th Avenue South and 37th Street South, where it stopped and several people got out and ran, police said.

Nearby, a K-9 officer arrested Marcus Rowe, 25, who police say was a passenger and ran from the car. Rowe was charged with obstruction.

Police are still searching for two other people who may have been in the car, including the driver.

Two people were arrested as a result of the search warrant at the home, where police said they recovered a handgun, marijuana and crack cocaine.

The two men arrested were identified as Reginald Thompson, 23, and Ernest Jenkins, 21. Both were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Sgt. Halstead and the two undercover detectives have been placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated. Police said the leave is standard procedure in cases when officers fire their weapons.

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