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Hialeah man arrested in connection to deadly Wesley Chapel shootout

By Dylan Abad,


PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A 38-year-old Hialeah man was arrested for his alleged connection to a deadly shootout with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper early Saturday morning.

According to FHP, 38-year-old Yoandy Mora Perez, of Hialeah, was arrested on Feb. 4 for fleeing and eluding, burglary of a convenience, grand theft, obstruction without violence, and felony murder.

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His charges stem from an incident early Saturday when an FHP trooper patrolling I-75 spotted two men who appeared to be stealing a pickup truck or items from the truck around 3:15 a.m.


Authorities said the two men tried to flee in their own truck and even fired shots at the pursuing trooper. They were ultimately stopped along Overpass Road when authorities performed a PIT maneuver.

FHP said one man surrendered while another pulled a gun and shot at the trooper, striking him in the torso.

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The suspect was killed by gunfire. The trooper survived.

In an update on Monday, the highway patrol said the injured Trooper remains hospitalized for “serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.”

Mora Perez was held at the Pasco County Jail on a $685,500 bail.

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