Two Florida Deputies Injured in Vehicle Attack, Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

Two Florida Deputies Injured in Vehicle Attack, Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

In a shocking incident in Hillsborough County, Florida, two deputies were severely injured after being hit by a car in what Sheriff Chad Chronister described as an “intentional attack.” The event occurred on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Tampa suburb of Brandon.

The deputies were responding to a call from a woman reporting her son’s mental health crisis. According to Sheriff Chronister, the woman was terrified as her son, identified as 28-year-old Ralph Bouzy, was behaving aggressively at their home. Upon arrival, deputies found Bouzy sitting in a running car at the end of a cul-de-sac.

Attempts to deescalate the situation were unsuccessful as Bouzy drove away, only to return at high speed and strike two more deputies who had arrived at the scene. The impact pinned the officers between Bouzy’s car and their patrol vehicle. Both deputies, unable to evade the speeding car, suffered significant leg injuries and were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital for surgery.

Sheriff Chronister detailed the aftermath of the attack, noting that Bouzy casually exited his vehicle and walked towards his mother’s house. He ignored further commands from the other deputies and was subsequently subdued with a taser and arrested.

Corporal Carlos Brito, 39, endured the most severe injury, with a potential leg amputation due to a femur bone fragment lodged in the cars. Deputy Manny Sanchez, 31, possibly suffered a bilateral leg break. “These deputies’ lives are changed forever,” Chronister stated.

Bouzy now faces charges of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, with additional charges likely.

The incident happened in Brandon, located about 15 miles east of downtown Tampa.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers support to those living with mental health conditions, their families, and caregivers, with resources available through their HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264 or by texting “HelpLine” to 62640. In immediate crises, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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