Wanted Suspect Shot at least once after Opening Fire on Law Enforcement

MOUNT DORA, Florida—A 18-year-old suspect wanted by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office was shot at least once by law enforcement Monday after shooting at them, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect’s truck was spotted by Eagle One, LCSO’s helicopter, after LCSO received information the suspect may be in Lake County, LCSO Lt. John Herrell said.

“We were looking for that vehicle,” Herrell said.

According to a social media post by Volusia Sheriff’s Office, a white Ford F-150 related to a suspicious incident in Deltona fled from both Volusia County and Seminole County deputies Monday morning. The Deltona man is a suspect in a domestic violence incident, Herrell said.

Eagle One, spotted the truck near the corner of U.S. Highway 441 and Eudora Road and deputies attempted to pull him over around 4:45 p.m. He fled south on U.S. Highway 441 to Limit Avenue and fired at least one shot at pursuing deputies and Mount Dora Police officers. The truck fled south on Donnelly Street before crashing into Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora, a synagogue located at 848 North Donnelly Street, where he opened fire at law enforcement. Two deputies and one MDPD officer returned fire, Herrell said.

PHOTO: Marilyn M. Aciego/Inside Lake

The suspect then exited the vehicle and got on the ground, where deputies and officers rendered aid to him, Herrell said. Witnesses told Inside Lake they heard numerous gunshots.

The suspect, whose name is not being released, was shot at least once and airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is expected to survive, Herrell said.

The incident closed several blocks Donnelly Street and LCSO and MDPD were on scene looking for shell casings along Donnelly Street near 20th Avenue.

The two deputies are on administrative leave, standard procedure in a deputy-involved shooting, Herrell said.

The suspect is facing numerous charges in Lake County, including three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officers, aggravated fleeing and eluding and shooting from a vehicle. Other charges are possible, Herrell said.

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