Captured Dead: Gunman Who Tried To Assassinate Police Captain Killed In Gunfight

Holly Matkin

Convicted felon Jayson Colvin was fatally shot during a gun battle with law enforcement officers on Thursday night.

Lake County, FL – The convicted felon accused of shooting Eustis Police Captain Gary Winheim was killed during a gun battle with police on Thursday evening.

The manhunt for 37-year-old Jayson Aaron Colvin ended at approximately 7:30 p.m., after law enforcement officers tracked him to a wooded area near the location where Capt. Winheim had been shot, WKMG reported.

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) helicopter pilot spotted him hiding near a lake beneath a canoe, according to WTVJ.

A SWAT team moved in, but Colvin refused to comply with their commands, the LCSO told WKMG.

Colvin was shot during the gun battle that ensued, police said.

Colvin was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers located him, engaged him and he is deceased," Eustis Police Officer Lauren Brown confirmed.

"He failed to comply with the SWAT team's demands and the subject is now deceased," Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell said, according to FOX News. "Multiple deputies opened fire on the individual."

No officers were injured during the altercation.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will handle the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, the New York Post reported.

The incident began at approximately 12:15 p.m. at a Shell gas station located in the Winn Dixie plaza near State Road 44 and State Road 19, Officer Brown said during a press conference.

Capt. Winheim was in the area of the gas station at the time, and reported that he heard the gunfire.

The captain, who was in an unmarked pickup truck, spotted Colvin speeding away from the Shell station and began following him, Eustis Police Chief Gary Calhoun said, according to FOX News.

Colvin opened fire on Capt. Winheim, hitting him in the neck. The bullet ultimately lodged in the captain’s spine.

“Another millimeter or so in another direction and it could have been a lot worse,” Chief Calhoun said, according to FOX News.

Additional officers arrived at the wounded captain’s location in less than a minute, and he was subsequently transported to a local hospital by helicopter.

Capt. Winheim, a 10-year veteran-of-the-force, is now in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, FOX News reported.

Approximately 500 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers converged on the area during the manhunt for Colvin.

The convicted felon has served prison time on four occasions since 2000, according to FOX News.

His criminal history includes offenses of kidnapping, grand theft of a motor vehicle, false imprisonment, fleeing law enforcement, grand theft with a firearm, and armed burglary.

Colvin was most recently released from prison in January of 2018, after serving a seven-year stint for possession of a weapon or ammunition by a felon, the New York Post reported.

In March, he was charged with resisting an officer, possession of clonazepam, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to WKMG.

He was given a plea agreement for a one-year probation sentence in that case.

Colvin is also the prime suspect in a gas station robbery that occurred on Tuesday, WKMG reported.

That incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. at the same Shell gas station on State Road 19, according to WKMG.

The armed suspect, believed to be Colvin, barged into the store wearing a goalie mask getup that closely resembled the one worn by the “Friday the 13th” character Jason Voorhees.

“The suspect stole an undetermined amount of cash from the register along with the clerk’s iPhone and Mazda 6I,” police said at the time.

Officers were still searching for the armed robber when the shooting occurred on Thursday.

Comments (21)
JBoH
JBoH

"A SWAT team moved in, but Colvin refused to comply with their commands..."

Good.

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defcon1776
defcon1776

Justice served. Amen.

BruthaV
BruthaV

Stevie Wonder could have it Colvin's enormous head with a handgun shot at 200 yrds.

Smiggles44
Smiggles44

One less monster on the planet!

HolyHand
HolyHand

A dead liberal is a good liberal

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Ahh the system works.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Lots of mugshots (link below). Here are his charges from 2003..

#1 POSS OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON

STATUTE: 790.23/1a-FSJ ( F)
#2 GRAND THEFT AUTO / ADDED

STATUTE: 812.014/2c6-FTJ ( F)
#3 GRAND THEFT AUTO - ADDED/022503/LCSO/KERLEY

STATUTE: 812.014/2c6-FTJ ( F)
#4 FALSE IMPRISONMENT - ADDED/022503/LCSO/KERLEY

STATUTE: 787.02/1a-FTJ ( F)
#5 VOP/ARMED BURGLARY - ADDED/022503/LCSO/LUJAN

STATUTE: 948.06/-NNN ( F)
#6 GRAND THEFT AUTO

STATUTE: 812.014/2c6-FTJ ( F)
#7 VOP/GRAND THEFT - ADDED/022503/LCSO/LUJAN

STATUTE: 948.06/-NNN ( F)
#8 FLEEING AND ATTEMPT TO ELUDE

STATUTE: 316.1935/1-MFN ( F)

#9 ROBBERY, WITH A FIREARM

STATUTE: 812.13(2)(A)

BOND: $50000

florida.arrests.org/search.php?fname=jayson&lname=colvin&fpartial=True

BLMtoo
BLMtoo

Thank you! Thank God that your Captain will be OK.

cspcapt
cspcapt

the courts let us down, he was out on the streets with that record!

Njaz
Njaz

God protected that Captain- & "..is expected to make a full recovery ". Excellent. Glad this angry guy is no longer a threat to anyone. It sure is good to have a helicopter on the force.

Wish505
Wish505

I bet the canoe will not float now. One less scum bag breathing precious air.

michelle1964
michelle1964

These are the kind of people the liberals are letting out of prison by the thousands. Carrier criminals.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Some people just can't live in society

61mouse
61mouse

A BIG THANK YOU TO COLVIN for NOT to comply with the SWAT

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Great job by the courts, district attorney and parole board!!

Let’s start putting the victims and law abiding citizens FIRST

10 years and you a— holes couldn’t get it right

Oh that’s right this pos is a VICTIM

Only going to get better in 2020 with all the convicted felons Being released and the “no bail required” release em all coming in Jan 2020

HB1
HB1

Glad the dirtbag is on the highway to hell

JPH675
JPH675

Outstanding!...Glad we aren't paying for this scumbag to live in prison.

Janken
Janken

Best news ever. When a person goes after or hurts our police. kill the maggots


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