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ARMED SUSPECT IN ATTACK ON ORMOND POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF
Early Sunday morning, Volusia sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency call for assistance from an Ormond Beach police officer who’d just been attacked by the subject of a suspicious vehicle call at a Marathon gas station (530 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach). It was reported the suspect had attempted to take the officer’s weapons and had kicked the officer in the head before fleeing in a vehicle.
*WARNING: Extremely profane language in the suspect's 911 audio* (Not for young ears)
Deputies along with members of the Daytona Beach Police Department, Volusia County Beach Safety and Holly Hill Police Department converged to assist Ormond PD, and the suspect vehicle was pursued to the area of Nova Road and Jersey Avenue, where the suspect lost control and crashed shortly after 2:15 a.m.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old convicted felon and gang member Dillon Calisi (DOB 3/1/1993) of Holly Hill, was armed with a handgun and refused to exit the vehicle. Over the course of the next 2 and a half hours, law enforcement surrounded Calisi’s vehicle as he made a series of threats over the phone to shoot them, to shoot himself, to shoot an infant he claimed was in the car but wasn’t, and to set off explosives he had in the car.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded and approached Calisi’s vehicle using a BearCat tactical vehicle. After deploying tear gas and a sting-ball grenade into the car, SWAT deputies removed Calisi from the vehicle and took him into custody. He was turned over to Ormond Beach police and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for evaluation.
The Sheriff’s Office is charging Calisi with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, resisting arrest without violence and driving with a suspended license, in addition to his Ormond Beach PD charges of battery on a law enforcement officer (see their news release for additional details). Calisi was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on charges of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and threatening a law enforcement officer. Those latter charges stem from a December incident in which Calisi was found carrying 9mm ammunition and told a Daytona Beach police officer he could find his information on the dark web and kill him and his family.
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