Friday, November 6, 2015

Shots Fired At Deputy During Pursuit

Shots were fired at a Collier County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy during a vehicle pursuit in eastern Collier County on Friday afternoon.

The deputy was not injured. No bullets hit his vehicle.

Deputies were searching for the driver Friday evening.

The pursuit began shortly before 1 p.m. after the K-9 deputy, who was driving a marked CCSO sport utility vehicle, attempted to stop a newer model dark blue Buick for speeding on Interstate 75 near exit 80 and State Road 29.

Instead of stopping, the driver sped up. Deputies then engaged in a pursuit along I-75 into the Everglades City area.

During the pursuit the deputy saw the driver point a firearm out the window. The deputy believed the driver was shooting at him.

The deputy did not return fire.

The driver eluded deputies in the Everglades City area.

The vehicle was later found abandoned behind a residence on Plantation Parkway.

The vehicle had multiple dents, possibly from bullets.

An investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300, or if you want to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).+