Holly Hill, FL – Two police officers were hurt and an armed shooting suspect was killed after a gunfight in a Holly Hill apartment complex on Aug. 28 (video below).
The incident occurred at about 2:38 p.m. on Aug. 28 when Holly Hill and Daytona Beach police officers responded to an anonymous tip that 44-year-old Michael Harris could be found in an apartment in the 1600-block of Espanola Avenue, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
“We don’t believe it’s his home but we got an anonymous tip that he was there,” Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri told reporters. “People are scared of him.”
Harris was wanted for the shooting of a woman at the Travelers Inn on Aug. 18, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Investigators said that Harris shot the woman in the back twice and left her to bleed in a stairwell.
Bodycam video of the incident showed officers arrived at the apartment complex and talked with a woman who was sitting in a chair outside the room they had been directed to.
The woman told officers she didn’t know who the man was and that he wasn’t in the apartment.
But when officers opened the unlocked door of the apartment and entered, Harris could be seen in the bodycam dashing into a back bedroom and slamming the door shut.
The video showed officers pursued Harris and one of them kicked open the door of the room.
Harris immediately opened fire on the officers, the video showed.
He struck one of the officer’s in the chest with his first shot and the officer let out a series of guttural screams as he got back up and returned fire.
The bullet did not penetrate the officer’s ballistic vest and he stayed in the gunfight after he was shot, the video showed.
“I’m hit,” he told the other officers a moment later after the shooting had stopped.
A woman who was trapped in the back room with Harris began screaming and officers told her to put her hands up and open the door.
But then Harris began shooting at the officers, again, the video showed.
Officers returned fire again.
“We’re not going to shoot you,” the officer yelled at the woman. “Just open the door.”
Another officer guided her “come to me, come to me” while the woman begged police not to shoot her, the video showed.
Harris eventually let her out of the room.
Once she was clear of the line of fire she told officers that Harris was standing behind the door waiting for them armed, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Then she began begging police to call an ambulance for the gunman.
“He lets the woman leave and he fires at us again,” Chief Capri said, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The video showed the officer who was hit started breathing heavier and told another officer that he’d been hit.
Harris failed to respond to officer’s commands to show his hands and shot at the officers several more times.
Officers fired several more rounds at him through the door before they made their way into the room, the video showed.
“The suspect didn’t give us an opportunity to de-escalate, the suspect dictated what he got,” Chief Capri told reporters. “The suspect was actively shooting at us for a while.”
Moments later, the video showed the officer who was shot pushed open the door to the room that was partially blocked by Harris.
The video showed he reached down and grunted as he pulled the bleeding suspect away from the door and dropped him in the middle of the room.
The other officer asked him if he had gloves on him so they could start First Aid.
“No, I don’t got gloves on me,” the wounded officer responded. “F–k this guy.”
Then he told the other officer he’d been shot in the chest and that officer insisted he leave the scene to go get medical attention, the video showed.
Harris died at the scene.
All of the officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
A second Daytona Beach police officer was hurt when tripped and fell during the chaos and hit his head.
Chief Capri said he may have suffered a fractured neck, according to The Dayton Beach News-Journal.
He said the Holly Hill officer who was in the gunfight was not injured.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Violence and Obscene Language: