Video: Robbery suspect opens fire on Fla. deputies

The suspect shot at deputies, attempted to carjack two cars and was pursued through a parking lot


Devoun Cetoute
Miami Herald

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Shoplifting at a Indian River County Walmart turned deadly when the robber sent a deputy on a parking lot chase, shooting a mother and father and then eventually killing himself, deputies say.

On Tuesday, Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shoplifting call at a Vero Beach Walmart. Deputies stopped the man in the parking lot and then he pulled out a gun and started firing at them, the sheriff’s office said.

He ran through the parking lot and tried to carjack a family, who had two children in the back seat. The man shot into the car, hitting the mother and father, deputies say. The family fled as the man continued on to carjacking a second car with a woman inside.

As the man sped through the parking lot, deputies pursued, dash cam footage shows. He came to a stop at a dead end and pointed a gun at the deputy who was pursing him. Both the man and the deputy shot at each other.

 
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO On June 9, 2020, Deputies with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office responded to a shoplifting call at Walmart in Vero Beach, Florida. When confronted by deputies in the parking lot, the suspect brandished a weapon and fired at deputies. He fled on foot east in the parking lot, where he attempted to carjack a family that included two children in the back seat. The suspect fired into the vehicle, striking the mother and father. The innocent family fled as the suspect carjacked a second vehicle occupied by a single female. The suspect fled east in the parking lot pursued by an Indian River County Deputy. The suspect came to a stop at a dead end and pointed a firearm at our deputy. The deputy fired through his patrol car windshield, striking the suspect. Autopsy results revealed the suspect then shot himself in the right temple. He died at the scene. No deputies were injured. The innocent family was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. Investigation has revealed the suspect was wanted out of Virginia for burglary. The suspect is an 88 time convicted felon, with most charges in the Virginia area.

Posted by Indian River County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dash cam footage shows bullets piercing the door and windows of the car deputies say the man stole. The deputy did shoot the man while they were uninjured.

An autopsy later showed the man shot himself in the right temple. He died at the scene. The family was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

A later investigation revealed the man was wanted out of Virginia for burglary. Deputies say he is an 88-time convicted felon, with most charges from Virginia.

Deputies did not release his name.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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