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'Pure Luck' Deputies Not Injured in Shooting, Says Florida Sheriff

September 22, 2015  | 

Photo: Volusia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office Facebook page
Photo: Volusia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office Facebook page

Volusia County, Fla., Sheriff Ben Johnson said deputies did exactly what they were trained to when they shot and killed a man who fired at them during a traffic stop late Monday night, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Deputies identified the man as 26-year-old Timothy Wagner, of Marion, Virginia.

He was a passenger in a stolen pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Shannon Murphy, also of Marion, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Murphy, who is about six months pregnant, was injured during the gun battle. She was flown to a local hospital for a "through-and-through" gunshot wound to her shoulder, Johnson said. She is still hospitalized and cooperating.

Neither of the two deputies involved was injured.

Johnson said it's "pure luck" neither of the deputies was injured and because of the "close-fire" situation, they had no other options but to shoot back.

Deputies said they pulled over the stolen GMC truck about 11:30 p.m. after noticing it had a burnt-out taillight. The deputies didn't know the truck was stolen, but said they noticed while talking with Wagner that he had an empty gun holster. They told the pair to put their hands up, Johnson said, and that's when Wagner pulled out a gun.

Wagner fired a shot toward each deputy, standing on either side of the truck.

The deputies returned fire, hitting and killing him.


Comments (6)

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Leonard Mather @ 9/22/2015 7:08 PM

Wagner has earned the Darwin Award by removing himself from the Gene Pool, thereby eliminating his DNA from possibly repeating the idiocy demonstrated in this scenario. The LEOs did a class act demonstration on proper procedure. They flanked the vehicle and Perp. Had they not done so and stood side by side, the story might have a different ending.

John retired IA PD @ 9/22/2015 7:35 PM

Great job deputies. You stopped the bad guy and you were able to go home to your family at the end of shift.

kevCopAz @ 9/23/2015 7:43 AM

good tactics and good observation! God's side won that day!

Kojack58 @ 9/23/2015 10:40 AM

Great job deputies. Another fool bites the dust and almost gets his girlfriend killed along with an unborn child. What was he thinking. Going to jail for a couple of years is a lot better than dead for the stolen truck. I hope that Ms. Murphy gets her act together and has a healthy baby.

Bob peterson @ 9/23/2015 5:18 PM

Criminals who shoot at the police need to go to the morgue, not a hospital or to jail. Great job officers.

Brian Sexton @ 9/24/2015 10:17 PM

I have dealt with these idiots. I am a police officer in Marion Va where these "geniuses" are from. The interaction I have had with them was bizarre for sure. Oh well, glad the deputies were safe. What an idiot.

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