According to Winter Haven Police staff, at approximately 2:07 a.m., August 4, officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call at Cambridge Square Apartments. When officers arrived, they located a silver Volkswagen Passat with four occupants inside.
According to a release, one officer approached the driver's door while another officer stood at the front of the vehicle. As the officer at the driver's door attempted to make contact with the driver, identified by WHPD staff as Douglas Davis, Jr., 23, Davis started acting strangely and reached down under his seat.
The officer attempted to get Davis out of the car when he hit the gas pedal, forcing the car into the path of the officer standing at the front of the vehicle.
Fearing for his life, the officer fired through the windshield, striking a backseat passenger in the shoulder.
The driver fled the area at a high rate of speed, ultimately coming to a stop after the car was disabled when it jumped a curb at the corner of Ave. F SW and Fourth St SE, approximately a quarter of a mile away. Davis and two of the passengers ran from the car, leaving the injured passenger inside.
Officers located one juvenile female hiding in nearby bushes and a second juvenile male turned himself into the Winter Haven Police Department.
Davis has still not been located and a warrant for his arrest has been obtained.
The injured male who was in the backseat was transported to Lakeland Regional Health with non-life-threatening injuries.
As per procedure, the officer is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is conducting the criminal investigation and Winter Haven Internal Affairs is conducting the policy investigation.
The officer involved is Vic Ramos, 28.
Ramos has been employed with the Winter Haven Police Department since December of 2017.