Daytona Beach police open fire on driver



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona Beach police opened fire on a man they said narrowly missed running down at least one officer with a car Thursday afternoon.

"(The officer) dove out of the way and got one round off and his partner was able to get several rounds off," said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

Chitwood said undercover officers were following a silver Toyota Camry. They said that when they called for marked units to pull the car over it sped off.

A short time later officers spotted the car on Big Ben Drive, according to police.

Police said officers, both in uniform and undercover, approached the car when the driver inside put his hands up as if he was surrendering.

Chitwood said the driver wasn't giving up.

"As they close in on the car, he floors the car and almost runs down one of my officers and they fire at the vehicle. The car then takes off, it's lost. (The) Sheriff's Department recovers it. Clearly the person inside was struck by gunfire," said Chitwood.

At another scene just off of Jean Street, police recovered a red Camaro that they said also fled from police following the shooting.

According to police, a man showed up at Ormond Beach Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police believe it's the man who officer's fired at in the silver Camry.

Officers were the hospital questioning the gunshot victim late Thursday afternoon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is expected to investigate the shooting.