Tampa, FL – Two Tampa police officers were surrounded and attacked by hundreds of rioters after they responded to a report of shots fired in the Ybor City neighborhood on Saturday (video below).
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan described the vicious assault as an “ambush,” FOX News reported.
The incident began at approximately 1 a.m., when Tampa police received a report of shots fired in the area of 26th Avenue and 15th Street, WFLA reported.
The caller further alleged that there was a possible gunshot victim at the scene, according to FOX News.
As the officers tried to search for the wounded victim, hundreds of rioters surrounded them and blocked them inside the intersection, Chief Dugan said.
They then began hurling glass bottles at them and jumped on their police vehicles, according to the chief.
One of the officers was hit in the head with an object thrown by the rioters, causing him to suffer a small laceration and swelling, FOX News reported.
A large group of rioters ran off down the street after the officer was hit, aerial footage from the scene showed.
“There were hundreds of them,” Chief Dugan said. “Hundreds. We actually ended up having to call every single police officer that was available that night to respond there, from New Tampa to South Tampa.”
Over 100 officers converged on the scene after the call for help went out, according to the chief.
“It’s an ambush. I have no other way to describe it,” Chief Dugan said of the attack. “When there are that many people out there and clearly no one had been shot. It was just a set up to get the cops there.”
The injured officer was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, FOX News reported.
A second officer was also injured during the chaos, but is expected to recover, according to WFTS.
Officers arrested one rioter – 25-year-old Aaron Lamar Brown – on charges of probation violation, failure to obey a lawful order, and resisting with violence, WFLA reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: