110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted May 8, 2013 - 12:10:11pm
A man who law-enforcement officers said fled after a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy and DeLand police tried to stop him is dead — run over by a DeLand police car.
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said deputies tried to stop Marlon Brown at Green Street and Parsons Avenue on the south side of DeLand for a seat-belt violation around 12:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 8. When Brown refused to stop, the FHP reported, the deputy backed off and dispatch alerted DeLand police.
Two DeLand police cars got behind the suspect vehicle, a 1995 Toyota, as it traveled westbound on Beresford Avenue. The vehicle still failed to stop, the report said.
The Toyota then made a left turn onto DeLaware Avenue, which is a dead-end street, and traveled into an empty lot.
That's when the driver, later identified as Brown, "ran from the suspect car," the report states, and the right front of a police car driven by Officer James Harris of DeLand struck Brown, then ran over him.
Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which is standard procedure when a local officer or deputy is involved in a crash.
Brown had a long string of arrests in Volusia County, with more than a dozen arrests dating back to 2003, related to drugs and other charges.
Sgt. Montes said Brown had a suspended driver's license at the time of the crash.
Officer Harris, 25, graduated from the police academy in February 2012 and was hired by the DeLand Police Department in August.
He is still in a probationary period as a new officer, and he had no disciplinary record, DeLand Deputy Police Chief Randel Henderson said. Harris is on administrative leave, pending the completion of investigations.
While the Highway Patrol investigates the crash, DeLand police is conducting a separate internal investigation, Henderson said.
"The incident is still new and information is still being collected," he said.
A group of concerned African-American community members gathered for a short time outside the DeLand Police Station around noontime, after the incident. They did not come into the station, nor did anyone from the Police Department come outside to talk to them, sources told The Beacon.
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