Jackson County, Fl- A manhunt in Jackson County today ends with one dead.
Around 11:30 this morning, an armed suspect approached a woman in the CVS drive through line off highway 90 in Marianna.
The gunman demanded money- but the victim had none.
He stole her cell phone and took off on foot into the woods.
Press Release: Officer Involved Shooting
Just before 11:30 AM on August 28, 2012, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female victim. The female reported that while sitting in her vehicle at a pharmacy on the East side of Marianna, she was approached by a Hispanic male who displayed a handgun and demanded money.
She advised the male that she did not have any money, so he reached into her vehicle and took her cell phone. He then fled on foot in a northeasterly direction. Other witness statements provided a more detailed description of the suspect, the clothing he was wearing, and the direction he was last seen running.
A perimeter was quickly established to secure the area, and the K-9 Tracking Teams from Apalachee Correctional Institute & Jackson Correctional Institute were deployed. The teams tracked for approximately 2 ½ hours through very dense vegetation behind the Crossroads Shopping Center.
During the mid-afternoon hours, the suspect was flushed from the woods into an open field. When Law Enforcement Officers approached, the suspect fled back into the woods. As he ran into the wooded area, he appeared to be reaching for a weapon. When confronted by Law Enforcement Officers, he made very aggressive moves with a handgun. This action resulted in officers firing several rounds at the suspect. The suspect was fatally wounded during the gunfire.
Members of the K-9 Tracking Teams and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were involved in this incident, but no officers or civilians were injured. This officer involved shooting is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Office of the State Attorney, 14th Judicial Circuit. Names are being withheld until the investigation is completed.
That’s where Jackson County officers, and blood hounds searched by foot, vehicle and helicopter for 4 hours.
Officers eventually, caught up with the suspect who then made aggressive motions for his gun.
That’s when officers fired, ultimately fatally wounding the suspect.
Sheriff Lou Roberts says you never want a pursuit to end in death, but he's thankful his men made it out alive.
"When he took the evasive actions and the aggressive actions he did toward our officers and shots are fired, you just- you hope and pray that it's none of your guys at the end of that barrel."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is on the scene investigating.
Investigators do not know the identity of the suspect or where he got the gun.
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