Hillsborough Deputies Shoot Suspect Who Held Driver at Gunpoint During a Carjacking

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Dade City, Florida — On Thursday, July 27, 2023, around 6:38 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a caller reporting that their car was stolen at AdventHealth Tampa at 6:38 p.m. The person said their vehicle was equipped with GPS, and HCSO's Auto Theft Task Force located it at 8:01 p.m. in Plant City. Deputies tracked the suspect's location for several miles with support from the Aviation Unit, patrol units, and K9, ultimately leading them into Pasco County. Dade City Police were notified and responded to the scene to assist. The suspect eventually abandoned the vehicle at Publix in Dade City on US-301.

He fled to a nearby neighborhood and hid in a shed before carjacking an innocent victim and forcing the victim to drive in a final attempt to escape. With heavy law enforcement presence surrounding the area, the victim stopped the car, causing the suspect to exit the vehicle. The suspect then aimed his gun at Dade City officers, who were assisting on scene. Four HCSO deputies and one Dade City Police Officer subsequently fired their service weapons, shooting the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He refused to provide identification to deputies on the scene but was later identified as 36-year-old John Coker. Coker has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2007, including eight felony convictions.

Coker will face a number of charges including:
Armed Burglary, Vehicle, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm (x2), Grand Theft of a Firearm (x2), Aggravated Assault on a LEO (x2), Armed Carjacking, Armed Burglary, Residence, Armed Kidnapping
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