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An overnight shootout between a carjacking suspect and Volusia County Sheriff's Deputies left the suspect and two K-9s recovering Saturday from gunshot wounds.
Volusia County Sheriff's deputies told WESH 2 News a Lyft driver reported the carjacking around 11:30 p.m. Friday in Osteen. The driver said the suspect held a gun to his head before stealing his white Kia Sedona minivan. Shortly after deputies spotted the vehicle on Lake Helen Osteen Road in Deltona they say the suspect bailed out at Deltona Gardens Apartments and went into a wooded area to hide.
About 10 minutes after the bailout, a Volusia Co Sheriff's Deputy K9 handler and K-9 Ax approached the suspect and shots rang out. Ax came out of the brush with a gunshot wound to his face.
With an assist from multiple agencies, and aerial views via a helicopter and a drone, deputies spotted the suspect coming out of the wood line approximately 90 minutes later. When deputies moved in, they exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Multiple shots hit the suspect, 21-year-old Shedrick Singleton Jr. K9 Endo was also shot during the exchange.
Both K9S received emergency treatment but are now back recovering with their handlers.
"There is no doubt that K-9 Ax and K-9 Endo took bullets that were meant for my deputies," Sheriff Chitwood said in a media briefing Saturday afternoon. "If the deputies would have gone into the woods, the first person to come in contact with Singleton, without a doubt, would have been shot."
Ax was treated at Animal Emergency Hospital Volusia in Ormond Beach, where the Daytona Beach Police Department sent its own K-9s to donate blood for him. Endo was treated at Veterinary Emergency Center of East Volusia in South Daytona.
Endo is a previous recipient of the VSO Medal of Valor and Purple Heart after he was shot in the neck while responding to a domestic violence call on Nov. 4, 2015.
Singleton was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford with life-threatening injuries. He faces charges including armed carjacking and use of a deadly weapon against a police K-9.
Four deputies and one DeLand police officer fired their weapons in the shootout. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will handle the investigation of the shooting.
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