MILTON, Fla. (WALA) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Milton.
It happened on Highway 87 near the entrance of Whiting Field Thursday afternoon. According to Milton Police Chief Tony Tendell, the suspect stole a white pick-up truck from a women, who flagged an officer down.
It didn’t take long before police were behind the stolen vehicle and a chase ensued for about 3 ½ miles before the suspect lost control and ran off the road crashing into a fence near a pond.
Chief Tendell says the suspect got out of the vehicle armed with a knife and came towards the officer. The officer fired a single shot and hit the suspect in the chest.
The suspect was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
"There was no need for this guy to get out and attack one of my officers armed with a knife. It's a property crime. You stole truck do your time it's not going to be the end of the world, be done with it. But if you take matters in your own hands and you attack one of my officers, they're going to defend themselves and this guy got shot," said Chief Tindell.
Chief Tendell says this was the second vehicle the suspect had stolen after he abandoned the first.
At this point, Tendell says he’ll face several charges – including vehicle theft, evading and eluding police,, aggravated assault on an officer. He also says they’re still investigating whether force was used in either vehicle theft.
The officer was uninjured but taken to the hospital to be checked out as precaution.
Again, the FDLE has taken over the investigation, which is standard procedure with an officer-involved shooting.