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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