Man gets 30 years for shooting officer, stealing car

July 4, 2019 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for shooting and wounding a police officer after stealing a car.

Court records show that 29-year-old Terrese Colston was sentenced Wednesday. He’s convicted of carjacking and brandishing a firearm.

Authorities say Colston forced a driver out of his parked car at gunpoint in Lakeland last July. An officer spotted the stolen car several hours later and attempted a traffic stop. Colston tried to speed away but crashed and fled on foot. The officer tried to subdue Colstron with a stun gun, and Colston shot the officer in the face. The wounded officer returned fire, hitting Colston in the leg.


Other officers arrived and took Colston into custody.