Tampa Police are investigating a fatal shooting while responding to a domestic disturbance 911 call. Tampa Police say the suspect, 53-year-old Sunny Chin, fired a gun at officers who returned fire, fatally injuring Chin. The incident started at around 1:10 a.m. when police got the call about a domestic disturbance at 3312 Cherokee Avenue in Tampa. When officers arrived at the home, Chin came to the front door and pointed a gun at them. Additional backup police also arrived. Police negotiators tried to get the suspect to surrender peacefully for 45 minutes. Tampa Police say the suspect taunted officers to come and get him. Chin eventually came out of the home to the carport, with a gun tucked into a towel wrapped around his waist. Police told the suspect to show his hands and put down the gun.
Instead Chin reached for his gun and fired one shot that hit a shield protecting an officer. Police returned fire and killed him at around 2:50 a.m.
According to local news media reports, Sunny Chin had a long history of domestic violence and assault. Chin was an auto mechanic.
Tampa Police say the above information is preliminary and may change as the investigation continues.
No officers were hurt. An Asian woman was in the house and had scrapes and bruises, but no serious injuries. She is cooperating with police.
The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.
Source: Tampa Police News Release