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