VCSO: k-9 gunned down in cold blood by suspected fugitive who also fired shots at deputies in Deltona before getting away

Volusia County Sheriff's deputies looking for a gunman who shot a k-9 to death in Deltona / Headline SurferVCSO looking for gunman who killed k-9 - holed up in vicinity of Vann Park in Deltona / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / K-9 'Forrest' arrived at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office for duty back in mi-February. The dog was shot to death Tuesday pursuing a suspected fugitive from justice. The gunman remains at large, though deputies believe they have him surrounded in the area of Vann Park in Deltona, Florida.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELTONA, Fla. --A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 suffered a fatal gunshot this evening after chasing down an armed suspect who fled and fired at deputies in Deltona, an agency spokesman said.

"K-9 Forrest was rushed to DeLand Animal Hospital following the shooting but couldn’t be saved," Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant told Headline Surfer.  "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."

VCSO PIO Andrew Gant / Headline Surfer"K-9 Forrest was rushed to DeLand Animal Hospital following the shooting but couldn’t be saved," Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant, shown here at left, told Headline Surfer.  "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 11:50 p.m., the armed fugitive was still surrounded by law enforcement in the area of Vann Park. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

 

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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 HeadlineSurfer.com 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 narly eveenly 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 Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.