Florida deputy shot 3 times during ambush walks out of hospital
The Florida deputy shot three times by a suspect who "waited" before opening fire on officers last week has been released from the hospital.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Corporal Matthew Aitken, 40, was shot in the neck, hand and leg while responding to a vehicle burglary report on March 12, FOX 13 Tampa Bay reports.
"He’s a tough guy," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the TV station after the deputy left the hospital Friday afternoon.
FLORIDA SUSPECT KILLED IN SHOOTING WAS ‘WAITING’ FOR DEPUTIES BEFORE OPENING FIRE, WOUNDING OFFICER: POLICECpl.
Aitken, 40, and his K-9, Taco, were accompanied by Sgt.
Jake Viano, 49, as they tracked Bostick into a fenced backyard, where officials say the suspect was "waiting."
Police said the deputies followed the suspect and spotted him trying to hide behind a corner of a house.
Bostick opened fire, striking Aitken three times before shooting at Viano, officials said.
Viano dodged the bullets and returned fire, killing the suspect.
MIAMI BEACH SPRING BREAK SHOOTING LEAVES 1 DEAD, SENDS CROWD SCRAMBLINGViano and Taco were not injured in the shooting.
Bostick had a second gun in his right pocket, according to police, which had been reported stolen out of Manatee County.
CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBostick's previous arrests include DUI, vehicle burglaries, drug possession and tampering with evidence, the station reported, citing jail records.