ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
81°
Partly Cloudy
H 80° L 71°
  • cloudy-day
    81°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 80° L 71°
  • cloudy-day
    72°
    Morning
    Partly Cloudy. H 80° L 71°
  • rain-day
    84°
    Afternoon
    Few Showers. H 86° L 73°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest newscast

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

FDLE investigates deadly deputy-involved shooting in Volusia County

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the DeLand Police Department after law enforcement officers shot and killed a man in DeLand.

The shooting was reported around 5:06 p.m. Sunday at North Amelia Avenue and Old Daytona Road.

A woman called 911, saying a Mario Simoes, 45, was drinking and suicidal at a law firm at 919 Biscayne Boulevard. The caller said Simoes was distraught over the couple's marital issues.

As DeLand police arrived at the scene, the gunman was firing at the building and officers, investigators said.

Photos: Volusia County deputies investigate deputy-involved shooting

Deputies said Simoes got in a Mercedes and sped away. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the man was going 100 mph when he hit stop sticks at Amelia Avenue and Old Daytona Road, got two flat tires and crashed into innocent bystanders in a white pickup truck; those bystanders were not seriously hurt.

"They (were) rear-ended and knocked into the air," Chitwood said.

Chitwood said after Simoes crashed the Mercedes, he got out of the vehicle and appeared to have reloaded his gun. After the Simoes ignored officers' repeated requests to drop the weapon, they fired at him and killed him.

A prelimary investigation showed deputies and police told Simoes to drop the gun or show his hands more than 30 times in a span of about two minutes, investigators said.

“We have three independent witnesses who say it felt like two minutes. They just kept hearing deputies and DeLand police officers saying, ‘Drop the gun, drop the gun, drop the gun,’ before he was fatally shot,” Chitwood told reporters at a news conference.

Two deputies, Bryant Lickiss, 26, and Sgt. Mike Chilcot, 49, and a DeLand officer, Jason Floryance fired at the man, investigators said. The law enforcement officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard procedure.

Lickiss has been with the sheriff's office since 2014, Chilcot since 1993.

Floryance has been with the DeLand Police Department since 2005.

Acting DeLand police Chief Randel Henderson said the agency’s police officers receive training annually on how to handle situations involving people who are suicidal, but ultimately law enforcement officials have to make quick decisions.

“We deal with the complexities of human behavior,” he said. “We never know at any given time what someone’s thinking, what’s going to punch their buttons and what’s going to make them react. (Officers and deputies) very quickly have to look at a scenario that unfolds around them and act accordingly."

Chitwood said they found at least one weapon inside the Mercedes. He also said there was body camera video of the shooting that investigators are reviewing.

"None of us are trained to come to work and kill anybody. We're trained to come to work to help people," Chitwood said.

This is the second deputy-involved shooting in less than a week in Volusia County.

FDLE is investigating 9 officer-involved shootings this year.

Watch the news conference regarding the shooting below: 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Amazon’s Rekognition Video partnered with Orlando Police in a “pilot program” aimed at using existing city cameras to “provide real-time detection and notification of persons-of-interest.” While facial recognition software isn’t a new concept, this technology would go beyond analyzing still photos, reports NPR.  The program is able to accurately track and identify people as they walk down the street. Amazon Rekognition Director Ranju Das recently told a developer conference in Seoul, South Korea that Orlando is a “launch partner” with the company and gave a demonstration using a traffic cam provided by the City of Orlando. “They have cameras all over the city,” said Das. “The authorized cameras are then streaming the data, we are a subscriber to the stream, we analyze the video in real time, search against the collection of faces they have.' In a written statement, OPD said they are not currently testing the the technology on the public and “any use of the system will be in accordance with current and applicable law.”
  • The Florida National Guard is moving resources to areas of the state that could face flooding as a tropical disturbance moves north from the Caribbean Sea and into the Gulf of Mexico this week. Tropical development is not expected, but heavy rainfall could flood areas already saturated by almost daily rainfall since the beginning of the month. The weather system, now designated as Invest 90L by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, is east of Belize and producing a large area of disorganized weather as it slowly moves north. “To make sure we are absolutely prepared, today, I also directed FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton to pre-position and stage its high water vehicles and all other flood response resources so they may be rapidly deployed to assist Floridians in need in the event of any flooding,” said Scott in a release from his office.
  • A 5-year-old girl in Athens, Alabama, gave her mom the surprise of a lifetime during a trip through a McDonald’s drive-thru. >> Read more trending news  Briana Blankenship shared the video of her daughter, Taylor, saying the word “mama” for the first time, according to WXIN. Blankenship tells WXIN that Taylor has nonverbal autism and has never spoken until now: “I am ugly crying in the McDonald's parking lot and the employees probably think I'm crazy. In the drive thru I suddenly heard Taylor say MAMA.  “For those of you that don't know. Taylor is 5 and has nonverbal autism. She has NEVER said a word. EVER.  “As soon as she said it I grabbed my phone and started recording. I'm pretty sure I held up the drive thru line but there was no way I wasn't getting proof of this. I can't explain how unbelievably grateful and ecstatic I am right now. #AutismAwareness #BigWin.” The 5-year-old has been in speech therapy since she was 3 years old, WXIN reports. Blankenship said the next word the family hopes to hear is “dada.”
  • A south Louisiana man was arrested Saturday after sheriff’s deputies said they saw him driving a lawn mower while drunk. Brian K. Cheramie, 59, of Cut Off, is charged with second-offense driving while intoxicated, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was also booked on an outstanding contempt of court warrant. Sheriff’s Office officials reported that deputies saw Cheramie driving a lawn mower on the shoulder of the highway just after midnight Saturday morning. As they watched, he swerved into a lane of traffic and back onto the shoulder, the deputies said.  >> Read more trending news They pulled Cheramie over, at which point he admitted that he drank several beers before getting on the lawn mower, authorities said.  Cheramie also did badly on a field sobriety test. A breath test indicated he had a blood alcohol concentration of .144 percent, well over the legal limit of .08 percent. He was booked into the parish jail, where he remained in lieu of $2,800 bond on Tuesday.