Friday morning and into the early afternoon proved to be a tense day for those living in north Tampa and for local Tampa television stations. Late last night 24 y/o man was believed to have committed several home invasions, sexual assaults and robberies. Authorities spotted the suspect driving around noon time, resulting in a spin out of the car and shoot-out after.
As the chase went on, local stations began to feed into the areal video from the single helicopter shared by local stations WTSP, WFTS and WTVT. (These stations have shared a helicopter and its video feeds since 2009). WTVT picked up the video live, just as the shoot out began (check out that video below), while WFTS and WTSP cut away from the video as those shots began. WFLA, who has its own helicopter recorded the video live, but did not air the shooting live. Surprisingly, WTVT aired the shooting video multiple times during its noon newscast, while other local stations opted to not show that video at that time.
Sources from multiple local stations tell Florida News Center that the decision to air the shooting video was either an split second decision, or one that caught the stations off guard (in the case of WTVT below). However, by the 5pm show all of the local stations were showing the shooting video during newscasts.
Local 24hour cable channel Bay News 9 did not record the chase and shoot out as it happened. However, they did catch the suspect riding in to the ambulance as it was police escorted to Tampa General Hospital. BN9 followed the caravan right up to the emergency room entry.
Check out the raw feed from the LNS helicopter (WFTS, WTSP, WTVT) , HERE!
Check out the WFLA helicopter view HERE!