Bullet grazes Volusia sergeant’s head when carjacker opens fire


DELAND, Fla. (AP) – Volusia County deputies fatally shot a carjacking suspect who shot and grazed the head of a sheriff’s sergeant.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told a news conference the shooting happened Thursday afternoon near DeLand following a chase across the county.

Authorities say the unidentified suspect stole a woman’s pickup truck at gunpoint in Deltona. Chitwood says the man pulled out a gun as deputies chased him and tried to flee on foot after they destroyed the truck’s tires with stop sticks.

A group of deputies eventually surrounded the man. Chitwood says Sgt. Tommy Dane, 54, and four other deputies exchanged gunfire with him. Dane was grazed and the carjacking suspect was shot multiple times.

Dane is a 30-year veteran of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, footage from Sgt. Dane’s body-worn camera indicates he was shot soon after getting out of his vehicle. His hat was found lying on the road with an entry hole next to the “SHERIFF’S K-9 UNIT” logo on the front, and an exit hole a few inches above that.

The sheriff’s office said Dane was treated and released from Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

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