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A Florida man is on the run following the shooting of a police captain, in the vicinity of a gas station in Eustis, was shot and killed following a chase Thursday night, authorities said.
Jayson Colvin, age 38, and was followed by a number of law enforcement officers, including a SWAT team that found him in a wooded area in the neighborhood where he was accused of shooting the Eustis police department Capt. Gary Winheim.
A sheriff’s helicopter saw the Colvin hiding under a canoe, in the neighbourhood of the lake, where they were saying that he was trying to escape, as the SWAT team approached. Police officers eventually saw Colvin and told him to put his coat of arms.
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If he does not comply, a gun battle ensued and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.
It was not clear who fired first.
Jayson Colvin, age 38, and was followed by a number of law enforcement officers, including a SWAT team that found and killed him in a wooded area in the neighborhood where he was accused of shooting the Eustis Police department, Captain Gary Winheim.
(Lake County Jail)
“He has failed to live up to the SWAT team, the claims and the subject is now deceased,” said Grinnell, according to Tampa’s FOX 13. “Several deputies opened fire on the individual.”
Earlier in the day, the Eustis Police Department said the shots were initially fired at about 12:15 a.m. in the area of state Road 19 And County Road 44, authorities told the outlet.
Winheim, was in the vicinity of a gas station at that time, when he reported hearing gunshots. The police Gary Calhoun said, Winheim, saw Colvin-speed train station just before it pulled up behind the suspect in an unmarked pick-up truck. Colvin is then removed by Winheim, hitting him in the neck, and the lodging of a bullet in his back, Calhoun said.
“Just a millimetre or so in any direction, and it could have been a lot worse,” said Calhoun, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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After Winheim, was shot dead, local residents reported that the massive presence of the police flying through the streets of Eustis.
There are almost 500 civil servants from the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies participated in the search for a Colvin, including the police department, Mount Dora, Umatilla and the Florida Highway Patrol, the outlet reported.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, and Winheim, was expected to make a full recovery.
Colvin had reportedly been convicted and sentenced to state prison four times since 2000 for various crimes, including armed burglary, grand theft with a firearm, grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing from law enforcement, false imprisonment, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and kidnapping, according to the Sentinel.
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He was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in December, 2011, before it will be released in January 2018.