PoliceOne Staff Report (HOLIDAY, Fla.) -- A Pasco County Sheriff's deputy shot and wounded an 18-year-old suspected thief after the youth tried to run him down in a car, authorities said. Jason Little was shot in the leg by Deputy Charles Keppel, Jr. about 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, according to police.
Keppel, responding to a call of two teenagers breaking into cars, walked toward Little and Justin Fiedler, 17, an alleged accomplice, to confront the pair. Before he could reach them both youths jumped into a 1984 Nissan 300 ZX and drove toward the deputy.
Keppel drew his weapon and repeatedly commanded Little, the driver, to stop. The deputy then fired several rounds at the car hitting Little in the leg. Fiedler jumped out of the car and ran away, police said.
"They tried to run him over," sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll told the St. Petersburg Times.
Little was released after surgery taken at Community Hospital in New Port Richey. He has been charged with resisting arrest with violence and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and is being held on $30,000 bail.
Fiedler turned himself in a short time after the shooting and was charged with two counts of auto burglary. He was taken to Juvenile Detention Center. According to police, Little and Fiedler are repeat offenders. They were arrested in January for allegedly beating a neighborhood boy and stealing his compact disk player.
Keppel has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the standard internal investigation.
"Preliminary reports indicate he handled the situation correctly," Doll told the Times.