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Police: Man tries to stab ex's boyfriend at St. Joseph's Hospital patient drop-off

11:44 AM, Sep 15, 2010   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Police say the father of a 16-year-old female patient being treated at St. Joseph's Hospital was shot Tuesday night in the driveway area of the Children's Hospital where patients are dropped off.

The man, 41-year-old, Leon Yoel of Tampa is the girl's biological father, but is estranged from the girl's mother and has been for the past six months.

Police spokesperson Laura McElroy says the mother's boyfriend, 27-year-old Carlos Laoveiga of Tampa, dropped off the mother and daughter at the hospital earlier in the evening. Around 9 p.m. he called 911 saying Yoel was chasing him and yelling at him in a Honda Accord.

Laoveiga was southbound on Himes Avenue near Hillsborough Avenue driving a Land Rover. When officers arrived in that area they say the vehicles were gone, so they went to St. Joseph's Hospital to check on the mother and teenager.

As the officers left the Children's Hospital they say they saw Yoel attacking Laoveiga with a butcher knife in the circle driveway near the entrance.

McElroy says Officer Alexander Moreno, "Ordered him to repeatedly drop his weapon and instead of complying with the officer's order he continued to slash at the boyfriend. The officer feared for the citizen's safety and at that point he did fire his weapon."

The officer shot Yoel twice in the upper torso. Yoel was taken to the emergency room at the hospital. His injuries are not life threatening.

Tampa Police say Yoel will be charged with aggravated assault.

No one else was hurt and Laoveiga did not sustain any injuries.

Meanwhile Officer Moreno, who has 3 and 1/2 years of experience on the force, is on paid administrative leave while the State Attorney, the Tampa Police Department's Shoot Team and Internal Affairs Bureau investigate.  

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