VIDEO: Florida K-9 Officer Shot, Killed By Suspect, Police Searching For Suspect
By Space Coast Daily // November 23, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 suffered a fatal gunshot Tuesday evening after chasing down an armed suspect who fled and fired at deputies in Deltona, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
VOLUSIA COUNTY • DELTONA, FLORIDA – A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 suffered a fatal gunshot Tuesday evening after chasing down an armed suspect who fled and fired at deputies in Deltona, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
K-9 Forrest was rushed to DeLand Animal Hospital following the shooting but couldn’t be saved.
Forrest was shot at about 7:16 p.m. near Vann Park after the suspect opened fire on deputies who were searching for him in a wooded area.
Deputies were in the area investigating a Crime Stoppers tip about a wanted fugitive at a home on Wing Terrace. While they were outside the address of the tip, a man drove by recklessly on a white dirt bike. When a deputy tried to stop him, the suspect fled. Deputies did not pursue him.
Shortly thereafter, he drove by recklessly again, and disappeared again. The dirt bike was later found abandoned nearby.
Later, as deputies were contacting the people inside the house where the fugitive was believed to be staying, they heard someone jumping over fences in the area.
Deputies set up a perimeter, and the Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter spotted the suspect in a nearby wooded area. K-9 Forrest had started tracking to him when the suspect opened fire, prompting both deputies to return fire.
As of noon Wednesday, the suspect was still surrounded by law enforcement in the area of Vann Park. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.