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.