An alleged crime spree that began in South Florida came to a sudden end when an Osceola County sheriff’s deputy fired his gun at a car as suspects fled, according to authorities. After receiving a report of a burglary at a Bealls Outlet store on South John Young Parkway, sheriff’s deputies began searching for three suspects.
According to the sheriff’s office, officers found an adult male and two juveniles matching the description at a Speedway Gas Station across the highway from the outlet store. As deputies approached, the three reportedly attempted to flee in a silver Toyota. The car crashed into a police cruiser. Deputies began to approach the Toyota on foot, and the man who was behind the wheel aimed the car at them and began to speed up, according to police. One of the deputies fired his sidearm at the car, and it came to a stop. Police then arrested the three occupants of the vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.
According to police, the Toyota was reported stolen in Miami. The three defendants were charged with robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft auto. Additional charges may be filed after police complete their investigation. The relationship between the adult and the two juveniles is unknown.
While reports from the media and the police tend to make the evidence look very strong against people who are arrested, it’s important to remember that everyone accused of a crime must be presumed innocent until found in a court of law. An investigation by defense attorneys may very well turn up facts that did not appear in official or media reports.
Anyone facing similar charges may benefit by consulting a capable and experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or outright acquittal.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Deputy-involved shooting ends crime spree, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says,” Krista Torralva, Sep. 21, 2017