The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says that officers were forced to shoot & kill a man early Tuesday morning.
VCSO says that they started getting calls around 11:30 Monday night about a man standing in the middle of the road pointing a gun at passing cars.
Callers also said the man’s truck was blocking traffic on Volusia Avenue near Graves Avenue in Orange City.
Orange City police went to check out the situation but the suspect had already driven away.
A deputy spotted the man’s truck a short distance away, but the Sheriff’s Office says that the man didn’t stop and sped away from the officer.
Deputies say the truck was seen a few minutes later driving recklessly on Lantern Lane where it eventually stopped near the 600 block.
According to the Sheriff’s Office the man then got out of his truck with a gun in his hand.
Deputies say they ordered him to put his gun down, but he refused.
Officers surrounded the man and nearby homes were evacuated to protect the residents.
Orange City police were able to call the man on his cell phone and attempted to negotiate with him.
After that was unsuccessful, deputies say they fired bean bag rounds at the man, but he still refused to surrender.
Deputies say that around 12:24 a.m. the man raised his gun at officers.
That’s when several deputies and at least one Orange City police officer opened fire at the suspect.
The man was declared dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office says he was a 47-year-old Orange City resident.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, which is standard after any officer-involved shooting.