VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – A carjacking suspect was shot and critically wounded after shooting two K-9s while fleeing deputies early Saturday morning, according to the Volusia County Sheriff.
Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies said a Lyft driver reported a carjacking around 11:30 p.m. Friday in Osteen. The driver said the suspect held a gun to his head before stealing his white Kia Sedona minivan.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the Lyft driver picked up a customer in Sanford and drove him to a remote part of Reed Ellis Road in Osteen. Chitwood said when the Lyft driver and suspect arrived, 21-year-old Shedrick Singleton Jr. from Orlando put a gun to the driver’s head and told them to get out of the car.
Singleton then fled the scene in the stolen Kia. The victim stopped a passing vehicle and alerted law enforcement of the carjacking, the sheriff said, and license plate readers were able to track the car moving through Deltona.
Deputies located the stolen Kia on Lake Helen Osteen Road in Deltona. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, they say the suspect bailed out at Deltona Gardens Apartments and ran into a wooded area to hide.
Chitwood said about 10 minutes after the bailout, a Volusia Co Sheriff’s Deputy K-9 handler and K-9 Ax approached the suspect and the suspect shot Ax. Ax came out of the brush with a gunshot wound to his face.
The Sheriff said:
“Once he leaves the scene, we’re now able to track that our suspect has moved deeper into the woods. And for the next hour and 20 minutes, you know we’re tracking him and he’s in a really deep in the woods we know he’s armed, we’re not really trying to force anybody’s hand.”
The suspect was tracked through the woods by drones, a helicopter, and deputies. About 90 minutes after Ax was shot, the suspect was observed exiting the woods. K-9 Endo was released to apprehend him and was shot twice, once in the jaw and once in the paw.
The suspect also suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the gunfight.
Both K-9s were treated and were eventually able to be released back to their handlers to recover.
In a Twitter update, Sheriff Chitwood wrote:
“Those dogs took bullets for their handlers and still had to be pulled out of the fight! Special animals who are truly part of our family. Thank God they’re OK & our deputies went home safe this morning.”
Those dogs took bullets for their handlers and still had to be pulled out of the fight! Special animals who are truly part of our family. Thank God they’re OK & our deputies went home safe this morning. https://t.co/L7GOvADlhZ
— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) September 11, 2021
Sheriff Chitwood gave an update during a presser on Saturday afternoon:
“There is no doubt that K-9 Ax and K-9 Endo took bullets that were meant for my deputies.
“If the deputies would have gone into the woods, the first person to come in contact with Singleton, without a doubt, would have been shot.”
Ax was treated at Animal Emergency Hospital Volusia in Ormond Beach, where the Daytona Beach Police Department sent its own K-9s to donate blood for him. Endo was treated at Veterinary Emergency Center of East Volusia in South Daytona, according to WESH News.
This was not Endo’s first gun battle. Endo was shot during a domestic violence call on November 4, 2015, and was awarded the VSO Medal of Valor and Purple Heart.
Singleton was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford with life-threatening injuries. He faces charges including armed carjacking and the use of a deadly weapon against a police K-9.
When Singleton fired at law enforcement, four Volusia County deputies and one DeLand police officer returned fire.
The incident is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
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Police K-9 killed, two officers injured after being ambushed during a 911 call about a domestic dispute
June 6, 2021
BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS– On Friday afternoon, June 4th, a shootout occurred between police and a suspect following a 911 call about a domestic dispute taking place, and now two police officers are injured and a K-9 officer is dead.
According to the District Attorney’s office, the incident began around 1 p.m. at Braintree Village apartments off Commercial Street and McCusker Drive, where the police received a phone call that a domestic disturbance was taking place.
The 911 caller informed the officers that they saw the suspect flee into nearby woods with multiple firearms.
Once on scene, several police officers went into the woods and were led by a police K-9 who was following the suspects trail, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.
The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Andrew Homen, reportedly opened fire on the officers, who then returned shots.
The Braintree Police would like to take a moment to extend our sincerest thanks to the huge outpouring of support we’ve received from the community during this difficult time. Thank You… pic.twitter.com/DkNm6eXz0c
— Braintree Police Department (@BraintreePolice) June 6, 2021
An eyewitness to the incident, Robert Cooke, told ABC affiliate WCVB:
“I could hear the police yelling at someone, ‘Get down, get down.’ and I could hear him saying, ‘What did I do?’,”
The Norfolk District Attorney’s office reported that K-9 officer Kitt was shot and killed during the incident. Additionally, two police officers were shot, but were thankfully wearing their bulletproof vests.
The wounded officers, now identified as Officer Matthew Donoghue, and Officer Bill Cushing were transported to area hospitals and underwent surgery, but police said their prognoses were good, ABC7 reported.
Officer Matthew Donoghue was released from Boston Medical Center Saturday afternoon. The Patriot Ledger reports the 34-year-old has been on the police force for four years and is a National Guard veteran who served in Afghanistan.
According to Twitter post from the Briantree Police Department, Donoghue was given a police escort home.
Officer Donoghue has been released from Boston Medical Center. Welcome home Matt! pic.twitter.com/wPwkHaTKGn
— Braintree Police Department (@BraintreePolice) June 5, 2021
WBUR reported that 44-year-old Officer Bill Cushing remains at a local hospital but is also expected to recover. Cushing is reportedly a 15-year veteran of the department and was the handler of K-9 officer Kitt.
Members of the @BraintreePolice, @BraintreeMAFD, @quincymapolice, @BrewsterEMS and local residents stand along the Elm and Washington St overpasses in #Braintree and cheer as the procession for Officer Matt Donoghue passes by after he was released from Boston Medical Center. pic.twitter.com/nd6W2rpN27
— Kevin Wiles, Jr (@kwilesjrphoto) June 5, 2021
K-9 officer Kitt was a 12-year veteran of the force. His body was reportedly carted out with an American flag draped over him while a group of officer lined up and saluted.
The Braintree Police Department honored Kitt on Twitter with a post that read in part:
“You went out a lion, protecting your dad and his partners.”
Free Time Kitt. We will forever miss you and always remember the good times we shared with you buddy. You went out a lion, protecting your dad and his partners. K9 Kitt EOW: 6/4/21 #braintree #workingdog pic.twitter.com/wqdVGoRkQ0
— Braintree Police Department (@BraintreePolice) June 5, 2021
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