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Tampa police officer shoots man in East Ybor

A Tampa police officer shot a man while investigating a trespassing call at a vacant house in the East Ybor Historic neighborhood early Sunday, police officials said.

The man, 68-year-old Daniel Olinger, was in critical condition with non-life threatening injuries, said Tampa Police Department spokesman Steve Hegarty.

The incident began when a neighbor called with a complaint about what appeared to be two men trespassing at a vacant house at 3416 E 9th Avenue about 5:18 a.m. The neighborhood is east of Ybor City.

Two officers responded and made contact with two men toward the back of the house, which was completely dark, police said.

Olinger entered into an altercation with one of the officers, police said. Officials said the officer feared for his life and thus shot Olinger.

Police are still investigating what caused that altercation, Hegarty said.

State criminal records show Olinger was convicted of burglary in 2012. In 2015, he pleaded no contest to trespassing charges.

The officers, whom authorities have not identified, were uninjured, as was the second man at the house, who will not be charged, Hegarty said. He said charges could come for Olinger later as a result of the investigation.

The officer who shot Olinger has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure with all officer-involved shootings.

This story has been updated to reflect that the address is in the East Ybor Historic neighborhood.

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