St. Petersburg police investigate officers actions after Taser use

TULARE, Calif. – Eyewitness News received video of the Tulare officer involved shooting on Monday night. The video is graphic and has been edited.

The footage shows the moments leading up to the shooting as an officer deployed a taser unsuccessfully. The suspect and officer get into a fight before another officers sprays the man with a substance. You can hear shots being fired on video.

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Eyewitness News spoke to the bus driver who says his coworkers called 911 as the suspect attacked him. Stephen Boswell says he's been a bus driver for Tulare City Schools for 12 years. On a routine Monday afternoon, he was about to head home when he says an African American man in his late 20s rushed at him and attacked.

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"Hit me in the face a couple times and then he kicked me in the stomach once," said Boswell.

Boswell says his co-workers called 911. Officers arrived minutes later as the suspect walked toward Tulare First Baptist Church. Police say two officers tried to arrest the man but he would not cooperate.

"The officers advised over the air that they had deployed their tasers, however they were ineffective," said Sergeant Jon Hamlin.

Hamlin says the suspect kept trying to get away from the officers before things got physical.

"And then some point in time after, that's when the shots were fired," said Hamlin. 

"One after another and everyone says that was five. At least five," said Boswell.

Police say it's unknown if one or both officers shot the suspect. Now the investigation is in the hands of the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. Boswell is grateful his injuries aren't serious.

"He could have beat the tar out of me and big ol' guy like that and I'm not that big and it's a crazy world," said Boswell.

The two officers involved, sustained minor injuries. They're both on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.

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