UPDATE (04-12-19): The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has released the bodycam and helicopter footage from the shootout following their chase with Marsh.
At one point in the video, Marsh can be seen pointing a gun at his own head before he opens fire at law enforcement.
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UPDATE (04-11-19): Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood has confirmed that the injured deputy is OK and the suspect – 30-year-old Phillip T. Marsh – was pronounced dead after a shootout with law enforcement.
Sheriff Chitwood also said that the suspect – who had been booked at Volusia County Jail 17 times since February 2007 on a variety of charges, including most recently last December for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – was also reported missing and suicidal before the events.
As for the deputy that was injured, Sheriff Chitwood says he’s extremely lucky that he’s alive.
According to Chitwood, a bullet entered through the back of the deputy’s cap, bounced off of his skull and out the top of his hat.
“That’s how close he came to being killed today,” said Chitwood.
All officers involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the state investigation into the incident.
Earlier reporting below.
UPDATE (04-11-19): The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a deputy is injured after a grazing gunshot wound to the head in a shooting with an armed carjacking suspect from Deltona.
VCSO has also confirmed that the suspect, who is not identified as of now, was also shot.
The deputy was alert and conscious but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The suspect has also been transported to the hospital. Condition updates are not available as of now.
Traffic is still shut down on State Road 44 near the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
Earlier reporting below.
Deltona, FL – State Road 44 is shut down as police search for an armed carjacking suspect.
Laura Williams with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says it all started with reports of an armed carjacking in Deltona earlier this afternoon (April 11th).
The chase ended up going down State Road 44 as some scanner reports said that the suspect was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes at one point.
The suspect has since left the vehicle and ran off into a wooded area on SR-44 near the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
State Road 44 and Exit 118 are now closed as police search for the suspect.
This story is still developing, check back later for updates.