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FLEEING SUSPECT SHOT & KILLED AFTER POINTING FIREARM AT DEPUTIES
A driver who fled from a traffic stop in DeLand this afternoon, ending up leading Volusia Sheriff’s Office deputies to his home in Deltona, and after he pointed a firearm at deputies in a threatening manner, was shot and killed.
No deputies or police officers were injured in the incident. The 37-year-old Deltona man, identified as Gregory Howe (DOB 04/04/1983), was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident began shortly before 3 p.m. with a traffic stop in the area of South Clara and West Beresford avenues in DeLand, where Howe, driving a white GMC pickup, fled from a DeLand PD officer. Howe, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, continued towards his home in Deltona as deputies responded to assist in the apprehension. Even after multiple successful stop stick hits, Howe was still able to reach his residence located on the 500 block of Haversham Road in the Saxon Ridge neighborhood of Deltona.
Upon stopping his vehicle in his driveway, Howe, who was armed with a firearm, pointed it a deputies who were there to apprehend him. In response to Howe’s threatening actions, four deputies fired their weapons in the shooting.
For more details and other circumstances related to the shooting, a media briefing from Sheriff Mike Chitwood that took place at the scene this evening is available at: https://www.facebook.com/VolusiaSheriff/videos/2726376150824237
Additional information including photos, audio and video footage of the incident and the names of the deputies involved will be released in a subsequent update this week.
The deputies have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard following a deputy-involved shooting, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation of the incident, also standard.
The deputies who fired their weapons are:
Sgt. John McDonald, 52, hire date August 2002
Det. Shawn Adkins, 29, hire date October 2015
Det. John Frazzini, 50, hire date October 2001
Deputy Graeme Foster, 30, hire date April 2011
*WARNING: Contains video footage of a fatal shooting*
The video begins with footage of the traffic stop conducted on Gregory Howe by a DeLand police officer. After Howe flees the traffic stop, the video transitions to footage recorded by the Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter, followed by footage from two deputies who were involved and had body cameras recording during the incident.
At this point in the investigation of the shooting, based on physical evidence, witness accounts and video, we believe Howe leveled a Kel-Tec KSG tactical shotgun at deputies and fired one time.
Howe’s shotgun was recovered from inside his truck and was discovered to have been loaded with 13 rounds, 1 of which had been discharged.
During the approximately 10 seconds of gunfire, four deputies fired 82 times, striking Howe multiple times and resulting in fatal injury.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s investigation of the shooting is ongoing. Again, all the information provided by the Sheriff’s Office is preliminary and based on the information available at this time, prior to us interviewing the deputies involved.
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