VIDEO: Man With Shotgun Opens Fire On Deputies, Gets Taken Out In Gunfight

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Gregory Howe is also suspected of shooting a woman three times in the upper torso in Orange City on April 26.

DeLand, FL – A gunman accused of shooting a woman in the chest in April was killed by deputies after he fired a shotgun at them outside his home last week (video below).

The incident began at approximately 2:45 p.m. on May 12, when DeLand Police Officer Mike Stacy spotted a man in a white 2014 GMC pickup truck driving without a seatbelt, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

As he was pulling the vehicle over, Officer Stacy noticed that the driver, later identified as 37-year-old Gregory Howe, kept reaching down towards the passenger side of the pickup.

Bodycam footage showed the officer as he approached Howe and asked him what he was reaching for.

Howe handed over his license and stammered for a few moments before he ultimately refused to speak or communicate with the officer any further, the video showed.

DeLand Police Officer Brian Bice arrived at the traffic stop a short while later at Officer Stacy’s request and attempted to speak with Howe as well.

“I apologize,” the suspect said at one point. “You don’t really sound like a police officer.”

After determining that Howe’s license was suspended, the officers asked Howe if there was anyone he knew who could come get his vehicle for him.

Instead of responding, the suspect calmly put the pickup into drive and sped off, driving across a lawn, a concrete curb, and a large log before he returned to the roadway, bodycam footage showed.

DeLand police are prohibited from following or pursuing suspects accused of committing misdemeanors or traffic violations, so the officers remained at the scene as the suspect drove away, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

“There are instances where we will pursue fleeing vehicles per our policy, but this is not one of them,” DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger said during a press conference on May 13. “The purpose of such a policy is that pursuits are dangerous and unpredictable and can create additional risk to the public.”

Officer Stacy and Officer Bice cleared the scene and returned to the station, Chief Umberger said.

A short while later, deputies in a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) helicopter spotted Howe’s vehicle near the intersection of Woodland Boulevard and State Road 15A, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Helicopter footage showed the VCSO deputies as they attempted to stop Howe, but he refused to pull over.

They deployed stop sticks, which took out both of the suspect’s passenger-side tires, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Howe eventually drove into the driveway of his Deltona home, at which point the VCSO deputies began surrounding him.

That’s when Howe, a U.S. Navy veteran, “leveled a Kel-Tec KSG tactical shotgun at deputies and fired one time,” the sheriff’s office said in the video release.

The four deputies returned fire as they arrived at the scene.

Bodycam footage showed one deputy as he fired at the suspect repeatedly through the windshield of his patrol car.

Howe jumped out of his pickup momentarily as it rolled backwards into the street, then he turned and ran back towards his opened drivers-side door, aerial footage showed.

He collapsed onto the pavement outside his truck a second later.

Howe was hit 14 times, and ultimately succumbed to his wounds, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

The deputies fired 82 rounds in 10 seconds, and none of them were injured during the incident, the VCSO said.

“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,” the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff Chitwood said that Howe is also suspected of shooting a woman three times in the upper torso in Orange City on April 26, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Details regarding the woman’s identity and condition have not been released.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. The shooting happens around the 7:55 mark. Warning - Graphic Content:

Comments (31)
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RunCop
RunCop

Coppers: 1
Animal thug : 0

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Congratulations! You fought the system and got out of your traffic violation! I mean, you're dead now, but hey! Small victories.

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

On May 1, 2020, Gregory Michael Howe was charged with felony carrying of a concealed firearm in Volusia County, FL...

He also has a couple of priors for driving without a license and reckless driving out of Seminole County...

JBoH
JBoH

“The purpose of such a policy is that pursuits are dangerous and unpredictable and can create additional risk to the public.”

Good thing the suspect wasn't dangerous. /sarc

h0ghestcomndenom
h0ghestcomndenom

What a violent , animalistic culture. Like the guy that shot up Glendale, Arizona yesterday.

Marxest
Marxest

The first responding officers handled Mr Howe in a civil manner, (much more civil than a black person would have been handled). Officers Stacy and Officer Bice were smart enough to not attempt to grab onto the steering wheel or the car itself when Mr Howe drove off. They also should be praised for not endangering others by engaging in a car chase. Mr Howe may have been under the influence of some sort of drug or intoxicant. The officers should restraint until he fired his shotgun and then his fate was sealed.

Anomie88
Anomie88

I don't remember any training that recommends firing your sidearm through your own windshield at a vehicle 100 feet away. The chances of hitting the person is almost nil, but the chances of injuring yourself and obscuring your vision is almost certain. That being said, I understand it is a reflexive action, but is also one that should be eliminated by training. It was a justifiable shooting nonetheless.

DWT
DWT

Good job👍

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another idiot with a gun who was not going to go quietly. Good job, guys!

XIHP308
XIHP308

Stupid decisions have consequences.

suzieb
suzieb

I think he was contemplating suicide by cop during the first stop. He probably thought he was caught from the lady he killed prior to this stop but once the officer stated he cannot drive due to a suspended license, he wasn't about to go down for possession of the gun. Just so sad.


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