In a shocking incident in the suburbs of Tampa Bay, Florida, two police officers are in critical condition after being deliberately run over by a man identified as Ralph Bouzy, 28. The assailant had earlier exhibited violent behavior at his home, prompting a distress call from his mother to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon arriving at Bouzy’s residence, deputies attempted to engage with him, offering assistance, but he refused to communicate and abruptly drove away. Approximately 15 minutes later, Bouzy returned to the scene, orchestrating what law enforcement officials describe as a deliberate ambush. He accelerated his vehicle, narrowly missing one deputy who had to jump out of the way, and then collided violently with two deputies standing outside their marked patrol SUV.
The injured officers, Corporal Carlos Brito, 39, and Deputy Manuel Santos, 31, suffered serious, critical injuries and are currently undergoing treatment at Tampa General Hospital. Sheriff Chad Chronister characterized the incident as an “ambush,” expressing deep concern for the safety of his deputies who risk their lives daily to protect the community.
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Corporal Brito, serving with HCSO since 2013, and Deputy Santos, who joined in 2019, were committed to making a positive impact in their community, according to Sheriff Chronister. After the collision, two additional deputies deployed a taser to subdue Bouzy, who had exited his vehicle and resisted law enforcement commands.
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Bouzy, with a criminal history that includes three felonies and 14 misdemeanors, now faces three charges of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer in connection with the incident. The investigation into the collision is ongoing, and authorities have not ruled out the possibility of additional charges.