Who is Matthew Thomas?
Matthew Thomas is identified as the suspect seen in the Florida sheriff’s deputies released body-camera footage of a deadly shooting in which a police officer was injured and Thomas was killed during a chase over the weekend.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a deadly shooting involving Thomas who opened fire and wounded a police officer over the weekend in central Florida.
How old is Matthew Thomas?
Matthew Thomas is 25 years old who is originally from Holly Hill, Florida.
What is the story with Matthew Thomas?
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said it all began with the pursuit of a man who sped away from a traffic stop in Port Orange. The chase began around 4 pm Saturday when a Port Orange police officer tried to pull over a driver, who instead sped away toward New Smyrna Beach, police said.
Deputies deployed stop sticks and the green Lincoln sedan crashed outside a storage facility.
The suspect, later identified as Matthew Thomas, bailed out of the car and opened fire on officers from inside the facility, police said. Cpl. Ralph Hunnefeld of the New Smyrna Police Department was struck in a leg and wounded. Officers returned fire and killed Thomas moments later, police said.
What the footage shows
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office released bodycam footage from Deputy Brady Bergeron who was involved in the shooting. Sheriff Mike Chitwood called the video “harrowing” at a news briefing Sunday.
The video shows officers outside the storage facility exchanging gunfire with Thomas, who was inside, Chitwood said. When Thomas walks outside, he is shot and killed, the video shows.
What we know so far
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a deadly shooting in central Florida. The shooting happened Saturday in New Smyrna Beach.
An officer from New Smyrna Beach, Ralph Hunnefeld, suffered one gunshot wound in the exchange of gunfire. Officers David McCallister and Margaret Deal, along with Deputy Brady Bergeron, opened fire on the suspect, killing him. The sheriff’s office posted a video of the incident on Facebook.
Hunnefeld is recovering in the hospital. McCallister, Deal, and Bergeron are all on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when deadly force is used.