DeLand, FL – The Volusia County deputy and DeLand police officer who shot a gunman in 2018 have been cleared by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Back in November of 2018, authorities began to look for 33-year-old Dillon Parker after he had shot a man in his driveway in DeLeon Springs.
Parker had left the area and was being searched for by law enforcement.
Later on, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from Lake County that Parker was seen heading back into the area.
A deputy that was driving down US-17 saw a vehicle matching the description of Parker’s, leading him to go after the suspect.
Parker tried to run but eventually ran over a set of stop sticks that VCSO had placed on the roadway. The vehicle came to a rest in the median, which is when another deputy pulled off near Parker.
But, when they deputy got near the scene, Parker began to open fire, shooting at the deputy. The deputy shot back through his windshield.
During the commotion, a DeLand officer on his way to work made a U-turn and used his assault rifle to subdue Parker, shooting him in the chest and thigh.
Following the shooting, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an investigation into the use of force by the deputy and the officer.
A letter from the Office of State Attorney R.J. Larizza says that after viewing the report given by FDLE, no other action is needed in the shooting.
Records show that Parker is still in custody at Volusia County Jail. Court documents also show that Parker will be in court on April 18th for a criminal hearing.