Daytona Beach, FL – A Daytona Beach police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave (non-disciplinary) for shooting a man early Saturday who fled from officers, ignored commands to show his hands, then pulled out a gun, an incident which is currently under investigation.
Police got a call around 1:11 AM on Saturday, October 22, about a big fight at the Safari Lounge at 223 S Martin Luther King Blvd. The caller said that a man in an orange hoodie had just gotten a gun from a car.
Officers arrived on scene and at 1:18 AM they saw a man in an orange hoodie run away. Officers chased him and confronted him at Cherry St. He was ordered to show his hands, and instead he pulled out a weapon and the officer fired 1 shot which grazed his chest, according to the police report. He was treated at the scene then transported to Halifax Hospital for treatment and was released.
The gun the suspect had was reported stolen from South Daytona.
Just before the call about the fight came in, the officer in question had told their supervisor that their body camera was dead. The officer was told to go to the Police Department to get another battery but was diverted to the scene of the fight, so there is no body camera video of the confrontation.
The FL Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting and the names of the officer and the suspect are being withheld at this time. The officer has been on the force since 2010.
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