A Florida man on the run after taking pictures a police captain close to a fuel station in Eustis was shot and killed following a gun battle Thursday night, authorities mentioned.
Jayson Colvin, 38, was tracked by a number of law enforcement officers, together with a SWAT workforce that discovered him in a wooded space close to the place he was accused of taking pictures Eustis police Capt. Gary Winheim.
A sheriff’s helicopter noticed Colvin hiding underneath a canoe close to a lake, the place they mentioned he tried to flee because the SWAT workforce approached. Law enforcement officials ultimately noticed Colvin and ordered him to place down his weapon.
When he didn’t comply, a gun battle ensued and he was pronounced useless on the scene, based on Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.
It wasn’t clear who fired first.
“He didn’t adjust to the SWAT workforce’s calls for and the topic is now deceased,” mentioned Grinnell, based on Tampa’s FOX 13. “A number of deputies opened fireplace on the person.”
Earlier within the day, the Eustis Police Division mentioned pictures had been initially fired round 12:15 p.m. close to State Street 19 at County Street 44, authorities advised the outlet.
Winheim was close to a fuel station round that point when he reported listening to gunshots. Police Chief Gary Calhoun mentioned Winheim noticed Colvin velocity away from the station earlier than he pulled up behind the suspect in an unmarked pickup truck. Colvin then fired at Winheim, hitting him within the neck and lodging a bullet in his again, Calhoun mentioned.
“One other millimeter or so in one other path and it may have been rather a lot worse,” mentioned Calhoun, based on the Orlando Sentinel.
After Winheim was shot, native residents reported seeing an enormous police presence flying by on the streets of Eustis.
Almost 500 officers from federal, state and native legislation enforcement companies participated within the seek for Colvin, together with police from Mount Dora, Umatilla and the Florida Freeway Patrol, the outlet reported.
The Florida Division of Legislation Enforcement is now investigating and Winheim was anticipated to make a full restoration.
Colvin had reportedly been sentenced to state jail 4 instances since 2000, for varied crimes together with armed housebreaking, grand theft with a firearm, grand theft of a motorcar, fleeing legislation enforcement, false imprisonment, grand theft of a motorcar and kidnapping, based on the Sentinel.
He was sentenced to seven years in jail in December 2011 earlier than being launched in January 2018.