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Carjacking Suspect Shot, Leads LEO on High-Speed Pursuit with Infant Inside Vehicle

CITRUS – An infant is lucky to be alive today after a man carjacked a woman in Sumter County and drove off with her child still inside the vehicle.

According to officials, around 12:30 p.m. today a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a 2003 Toyota sedan on I-75 near the 329 milepost in Sumter County for seatbelt and faulty equipment violations. During this traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, Dillon Martin, 23 of Floral City, was taken into custody for driving with a suspended driver license and drug violations. Once the driver was arrested, the passenger of the vehicle, Douglas Martin, 27, also of Floral City, fled from the stop on foot.

As Troopers searched for Martin a Sumter Sheriff’s Deputy observed the suspect carjacking a 2003 Chevy Malibu along I-75 from a female driver and her infant. The Sumter County Deputy confronted Martin who then began to drive off with the infant and dragging the Deputy. In an attempt to stop Martin, the Deputy fired several shots, striking him twice in the stomach. The Deputy was uninjured during the encounter but Martin fled the area northbound on I-75 until he reached SR-200 in Marion County. That’s when he turned southbound and eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed at East Olive Lane in Citrus County.

Officials say members of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, and the FHP worked together in capturing Martin without further incident. Martin was transported to an area hospital for medical care and the infant was recovered unharmed and returned to the parents.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • Better to take care of these problems forever.

    Thursday, 9 February 2017, 11:04 am
  • Wow, it have to be a murder car jacking, if my daughter was in the car, I’d have to be dead first.

    Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 11:02 pm
  • glad to see the infant unharmed. the poor woman must be still shaken up. I have my 2 kids in the car the majority of the time. Let some one try this and i have a couple dollars worth of metal they can have instead.

    Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 9:12 pm
    • Yeah whatever Mr bad a**

      Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 10:05 pm
      • have kids? if you did or if you do, wouldnt you do whatever it takes to defend their life? nothing bad about that. its respectable and honorable.

        Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 6:42 pm
      • Lol …. @foodforthought

        Friday, 10 February 2017, 8:48 am
  • i wound up being right behind this idiot on 200, wish the state police put a cap up his a–

    Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 8:35 pm
  • Stop these HIGH speed pursuits and just radio ahead and block the dam road! putting tons of innocent peoples lives at risk every time you cops wanna speed thru counties Sumter Citrus and FHP looks like dumbasses it dont need to take 30 cop cars driving like wild men. Stop high speed pursuits before another deputy or civilian gets killed!

    Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 7:29 pm
    • so as an expert you can clearly state that all the events you described did occur. go back to watching tv

      Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 4:34 am
    • thin blue line, you can’t predict what idiots will do & leo aren’t always where you can radio ahead. I don’t advocate high speed chases either but I know it’s not a perfect world also. Stupid idiots will make u turns in middle of road, median strip, etc. They will also drive off road thru whatever is in the way – woods, water, buildings. They are in flight mode to avoid arrest & don’t care.

      Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 7:59 am
  • Wait a minute…were these two guys brothers? And this fleeing suspect carjacked an infant…I am so sorry the deputy didn’t finish him off. They do not pay LE enough to deal with these human rejects on a daily basis…just saying.

    Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 6:25 pm
    • Damnr right. to bad he didn’t kill the sob

      Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 10:03 pm

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