Man suspected of trespassing shot during altercation with officer

By Sara Belsole, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2:13 PM EDT

A man suspected of trespassing at Tampa home was shot this morning during an altercation with one of the responding officers. 

  • Man trespassing at Tampa home shot by police
  • Daniel Olinger was shot during altercation with officer
  • Officer placed on administrative leave

Police received a call around 5:18 a.m. about what appeared to be two men trespassing at a vacant home located at 3416 East 9th Avenue. 

Gary Moore said he stays at the abandoned home from time to time. 

Two officers responded and made contact with two men toward the back of the house, which was completely dark, officials said.

One man, Daniel Olinger, 68, got into an altercation with one of the officers.

Moore said it looked like Olinger attacked this officer with a weapon. 

"It looks like a cut off piece of golf club. I guess he must have swung at one of them and he slammed his bedroom door and I guess they opened it again and he swung at them," Moore said. 

Officials said the officer feared for his life and fired shots at Olinger. 

"They did right," Moore said. "They told him to put his hands up, put his hands up, don't move and all that."

Olinger was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was hurt during the situation, but it did frighten some neighbors.  

"I heard like five, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, oh my goodness. I thank God that no bullet came through my house. It's right back there," Lyla Mathis, a neighbor, said. 

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave. 

Officials said this is not the first time police have responded to the home for squatters. 

Moore said he will continue to check up on the vacant house and hopes from now on, trouble stays far away. 

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.