Deputy shoots armed man in Deltona

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West Volusia police news

West Volusia police news

A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man armed with a shotgun Thursday night in Deltona.

The armed 58-year-old man, Daniel A. Donarski, was pronounced dead at the scene, at 716 Teather Ave.

Deputies responded to the home after receiving a call just after 6:30 p.m. from a woman who said the man was off his usual medications and having a breakdown.

“‘It’s not good,’ she told a Sheriff’s Office dispatcher. ‘… He's cussing up a storm and he punched some holes in the wall,’” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gary Davidson said, quoting the caller.

The caller said she didn’t believe the man was armed but that there were weapons in the house.

The first deputy arrived on scene around 6:50 p.m., according to Davidson.

Davidson said about seven minutes later, the man emerged from the front door of the house and pointed a shotgun in the direction of a deputy, who then fired his weapon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement responded to investigate, which is standard procedure in deputy-involved shootings. The deputy involved is being placed on temporary paid leave, which is also standard procedure, Davidson said.


— Anthony DeFeo,

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