DELAND, Fla. -- WFTV Channel 9 has learned a DeLand police officer fired his weapon in the line of duty Monday evening, possibly injuring two theft suspects.
The shooting happened at a RaceTrac gas station on South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand.
Authorities told Channel 9 Officer Joshua Santos, 28, was patrolling the area of the gas station when he was alerted by a store clerk that a suspected shoplifter left the store.
The store clerk directed the officer's attention to a car in the parking lot and as the officer approached the car, the car accelerated backward, crashing into another vehicle occupied by a father and child.
Witness said after the suspects' car rammed the other vehicle, the suspects' car then accelerated and drove directly at the officer who fired his weapon.
The suspects fled south on Woodland Boulevard.
A short time later, a call came in that someone was thrown from a car at the DeLand Kia dealership. Shortly before 4:45 p.m., another call came in that someone showed up at Bert Fish Hospital in Orange City and had suffered a gunshot wound.
Authorities said they believe the man thrown from the car and the one at the hospital both suffered gunshot wounds and were the occupants of the car seen leaving the RaceTrac gas station.
Neither suspect's name has been released. Their conditions are not known at this time.
Santos was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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