Report: Duo busted after shooting and chase --- in police parking lot


It's the old Wild West - the Wild West Coast of Florida, that is.

Where else in the world would a drug deal end up with shooting in a police parking lot?

Milton Beris Coley, 24, and Louis Xavier Ruiz-Machado, 19, arranged to meet at a corner in Tampa to do a drug deal around 12:40 pm on Friday afternoon, according to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Coley walked up to Ruiz-Machado, who was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, and handed over some pot over to him, according to the report.

That's when the deal went south: Coley took the pot but refused to pay for it.

Ruiz-Machado fired a shot and Coley fled on foot, then called a friend to pick him up. As Coley got into his friend's Nissan Altima, Ruiz-Machado began to chase them in his pick-up truck, deputies said.

Fearing for his safety, Coley's friend drove to the Tampa Police Department's District 2 Office for help. But the pick-up truck chased them twice through the cop's parking lot at a high rate of speed before Ruiz-Machado fired a shot before fleeing the scene as officers exited the district office with guns drawn, the release stated.

A short time later, lawmen boxed in Ruiz-Machado on the University of South Florida campus, reportedly finding a 9-mm inside the truck.

Witnesses at the District Office saw Coley throw two large baggies of pot into the parking lot.

Ruiz-Machado was charged with Aggravated Assault with Firearm, Felony Possession of Marijuana; Coley was chared with Possession of Marijuana.

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