NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office released a body camera video on Sunday showing the moments leading up to a deadly shootout on Saturday.
The video shows the moments leading up to a shootout between the New Smyrna Beach police and 25-year-old Matthew Thomas.
Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Thomas first came on their radar when a Port Orange police officer doing a narcotics investigation tried to stop him for expired tags.
They said Thomas didn’t stop and sped off instead.
The body camera video also shows a deputy deploying stop sticks as the speeding vehicle files past.
Chitwood said the suspect then lost control of the car he was in, bailed out and climbed on top of a U-Haul storage facility at Turnbull Bay Road and Industrial Park Avenue.
The sheriff said Thomas soon fired at the officers and deputy on the scene.
Officers soon returned fired, killing Thomas.
Chitwood and New Symrna Beach police said Cpl. Ralph Huna-Feld with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital.
Officers said he is expected to be OK.
“They ran toward the gunshots,” Chitwood said. “The corporal was shot, and he was still there. He was pinned from behind the vehicle while the gunbattle was raging.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating the shooting.
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