VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A man wanted in connection with the shooting and killing of a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy Tuesday night has been wounded, but is now in custody.
The intense search lasted nearly 20 hours and had a Deltona neighborhood on edge. Overnight, officers from multiple agencies worked a perimeter around a wooded area in Vann Park, where the suspect was believed to have been hiding.
According to authorities, earlier Tuesday evening, deputies tried to stop a man they said was driving recklessly on a bike, but he took off. The bike was later found abandoned nearby.
As deputies made contact with people inside a house on Wing Terrace, where the fugitive was believed to have been hiding, they heard someone jump the fences outside.
Around 8 p.m., a perimeter was set up, and officers were using K-9 officer Forrest to track the suspect, when the suspect opened fire. Deputies shot back.
The dog, struck by gunfire, was rushed to an animal hospital in DeLand but died as a result of the shooting, Sheriff Ben Johnson said.
The sheriff’s office assembled a large-scale operation to capture the man, using crews on the ground and via helicopter to locate the suspect.
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