110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Man aimed car at officers, police said
By Pat Andrews
posted Oct 21, 2013 - 5:36:35pm
UPDATE 12:20 P.M. TUESDAY, OCT. 22 The two suspects who were injured after an officer fired his weapon last night, Oct. 21, are in stable condition, DeLand police spokesman Sgt. Chris Estes stated.
Who those suspects are hasn't been released.
"Neither has been positively identified," Estes said.
He provided a brief report from Officer Julian Rioz, who was on patrol with Officer Santos at the RaceTrac when the incident occurred.
The report states, "The suspect drove his vehicle at Ofc. Santos and myself. Gunshots were fired," confirming that more than one shot was fired.
Along with DeLand detectives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the case, as it does any time a police officer uses a firearm in the line of duty.
There was no surveillance video of the incident, Estes said.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — A DeLand police officer fired his weapon this evening after a suspected shoplifter aimed his vehicle at the officer, the DeLand Police Department reported today.
DeLand Kia at 2322 S. Woodland Blvd. and the RaceTrac gas station at 2080 S. Woodland Blvd. were both cordoned off as the DeLand Police Department investigated the incident that occurred about 4:46 p.m. today.
"A DeLand Officer discharged his service weapon in the line of duty," DeLand Deputy Police Chief Randy Henderson said at 5:05 p.m.
A DeLand resident reported seeing eight police cars "screaming" south on Woodland Boulevard around that time.
Henderson said DeLand Police Officer Joshua Santos was patrolling in the area around the RaceTrac when a store clerk alerted him that a shoplifting suspect had left the store. The clerk directed Santos' attention to a car in the parking lot, apparently the vehicle associated with the alleged shoplifting incident.
As Santos approached the vehicle to investigate, the car accelerated backward, crashing into a car occupied by a father and a child. Henderson said the suspect's car then accelerated and drove directly at the officer, who fired his weapon.
"The car was last seen traveling south on Woodland Boulevard," Henderson said.
Next, dispatchers received a call that a man had been "thrown" out of a car at the DeLand Kia. Then, information was received that a man at Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial in Orange City had suffered a gunshot wound.
"At this time, information suggests that both men, the man at the Kia dealership and the man at the hospital, suffered gunshot wounds and were the occupants of the car seen leaving the RaceTrac gas station," Henderson said.
Police continue to investigate. More information will be available later.
Henderson also provide some information about the officer involved: Santos, 28 years old, has been with the DeLand Police Department since Jan. 5, 2010. He has been assigned to the patrol division since his hire. His evaluations show "above standards" for his first year and "outstanding" grades for the past two years.
Officer Santos was commended in 2011 for his role in capturing a suspect during an in-progress burglary. The officer has no discipline records.
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