Florida Deputy Shoots Through Windshield at Attempted Murder Suspect in Body Cam Footage

Body cam footage shows shootout in Volusia County

Intense police body camera footage shows a Florida deputy shooting at an attempted murder suspect through the front windshield of his car after the suspect exchanged fire with officers, officials said.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted footage of Monday's wild encounter with 33-year-old Dillon Parker on Facebook. Parker was shot in the chest and leg and was left in critical condition but expected to survive, officials said.

Officials said Parker was wanted in a Nov. 10 shooting in DeLeon Springs that left another 33-year-old man in critical condition. In addition to attempted murder, Parker was facing charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and felony battery.

Parker was spotted driving in Volusia County around 3 p.m. Monday and drove head-on at one deputy before he drove into a ditch, officials said. He started shooting at one deputy, and another deputy moved in an opened fire, officials said.

"He's shooting he's shooting, he's shooting! Look out, shots fired, shots fired!" one of the deputies shouts in the video, before a barrage of gunfire is heard.

A DeLand officer who was driving through the area on his way to work also opened fire with a rifle, officials said. Parker threw away his gun when officers approached him, and he was taken into custody then airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

None of the deputies or officers were injured. All were placed on administrative leave, which is standard after an officer-involved shooting.

"They’re going home tonight to their families, that’s the most important thing," Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a statement. "These guys did what they had to do today. They certainly didn’t come to work to shoot somebody. But the person that they were trying to take down and arrest clearly wanted to make sure that they didn’t go home to their families."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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