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Deputy, K-9 shot during Florida traffic stop

Sgt. David Stang, Titan both in stable condition

K-9 Titan.
K-9 Titan.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A man fleeing a traffic stop shot a Florida sheriff's sergeant and a K-9 before turning the gun on himself, officials said.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the shooter died early Friday. He was identified as 23-year-old Elijah Johnson.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Johnson was stopped around 2 a.m. by a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy who was working with a violent crimes task force.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Johnson tried to flee. A St. Petersburg police officer and K-9 found his abandoned car nearby and began tracking the area.

Johnson shot K-9 Titan before fleeing again and shooting at Sgt. David Stang, who appears to have been caught by surprise, the sheriff said.

Stang and Titan were both listed in stable condition.