Violence continues unabated in Deltona over last 18 months under Sheriff Mike Chitwood: Man shot in vehicle this morning; shorthanded deputies unable to apprehend gunman

Sheriff Mike Chitwood / Farce Behind the Force / Headline SurferThis is a continuing series looking at the factual allegations behind the ethical, legal & morally-corrupt acts of Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who won a 5-way primary outright on Aug. 30, 2016, to succeed 16-year-incumbent Ben Johnson, after he announced his retirement. Chitwood took over Jan. 1, 2017, with a campaign promise to lead from the front. But that promise has never materialized. Instead, Chitwood has used his office for his own personal pecuniary, political and personal gain. Chitwood is a blatant liar, cheater, and opportunist who continues to use taxpayer resources to carry out his own petty agenda to gain control of county government. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELTONA, Fla. -- There are several constants for the citizens of Volusia County's largest city under the law enforcement leadership of Mike Chitwood: Violent crime in Deltona has continued unabated since the sheriff took office at the beginning of 2017, the latest violent incident occurring early this morning under the cover of darkness with the shooting into a motor vehicle that injured the 35-year-old driver.

A second constant is the lack of detail released by Chitwood's well-compensated PIOs to these incidents.

This was the only information released by the VCSO:  Deputies responded to the area of Providence Boulevard and Doyle Road around 3:26 a.m. Monday. On his way to the scene, a deputy spotted the victim’s vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Deputies and an ambulance crew caught up to the victim's vehicle, and he was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies determined the shooting happened on Kenmore Street, between Abagail Drive and Alexander Avenue. The VCSO description of the incident went on to say the investigation into the shooting was active and ongoing and that additional information would be provided as soon as it becomes available.

No information was provided as to how many deputies responded beyond the initial deputy who saw the victim driving in the opposite direction.

No information was released as to the victim's name or how many times he had been shot and where the wound or wounds were on him. Likewise, no description of the gunman or whether he was on foot or took off in a car. Neither was anything released on the type of firearm used nor how many shots were fired by the gunman. And no information was released as to whether the victim knew who his attacker was nor why he was targeted in the first place.

A third constant is that the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has been greatly shorthanded in personnel under Chitwood despite sworn personnel positions being fully-budgeted by Volusia County from day one when Chitwood took office on Jan. 1, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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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 for a decade now. 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 dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.