Suicidal man with gun in DeLand shot and killed by 2 Vousia County deputies & DeLand cop; Headline Surfer lone media outlet excluded from Sheriff's email alerts on the breaking news

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DELAND, Fla. -- A man described as suicidal and armed with a handgun was shot and killed earlier on this Sunday evening in DeLand by two Volusia County deputies and a DeLand cop, according to local media outlets.

Headline Surfer is playing catch up in reporting the news here because it is the lone media outlet excluded from the Sheriff's OPffice email media alerts. This has been the case since Jan. 3, the day Mike Chitwood was sworn into office as the new sheriff replacing Ben Johnson. Prior to that date, Headline Surfer had been included in breaking news alerts for close to nine years dating back to its launch in 2009.

The internet news outlet was not alerted to a deputy-involved fatal shooting last week in Deltona not was it given a head's up to a man gunned down in his own yard in Deltona a week ago Sunday.

Headline Surfer has appealed to County Chair Ed Kelley and several council mermbers as well as County Manager Jim Dinneen, but those appeals have fallen on deaf ears.

In addition to the email alert ban, Headline Surfer was barred from a Jan. 4 press conference held by Chitwood after his swearing-in ceremony at Bethune-Cookman University.

The identity of the man in Sunday's fatal shooting has not been released. He was pronounced dead at the scene behind a Publix store and in front of a line of homes.

DeLand police Chief Randel Henderson was asked by reporters at a joint press conference with Sheriff Mike Chiwood the extent of training in dealing with situations like this and he responded annually, but added ultimately it's law enforcement officers who often have to make quick decisions.

“We deal with the complexities of human behavior,” he said. “We never know at any given time what someone’s thinking, what’s going to punch their buttons and what’s going to make them react. (Officers and deputies) very quickly have to look at a scenario that unfolds around them and act accordingly.

The fatal shooting is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.






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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.