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Pregnant woman hurt in shootout; FDLE investigates

Man told authorities he shot his girlfriend, investigators say

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Authorities have  released the name of the woman who was hurt in a wild police chase and shootout over the weekend.

Police said Marvin C. Jones, 22, had an active warrant for his arrest on armed robbery charges out of New Hampshire, when he led Daytona Beach police on the chase Saturday night.

Police said his girlfriend, 23-year-old Aviana Bailey, is still hospitalized as of 11:30 a.m. Monday. Investigators said Jones told police he shot his girlfriend but police have brought in FDLE to determine if it was his bullet or another officer's bullet that may have hit Jones.

The incident began at 8:23 p.m. when an anonymous caller dialed Daytona Beach Police Department's non-emergency phone line. Police said they believe Jones was the caller.

Caller: "This is to report that there's a gold Lincoln at the International Airport in Daytona."

Dispatcher: "OK"

The call lasted nearly four minutes as the caller described a man with a gun.

Caller: "He's waving it around or he was waving it around earlier and they're waiting for somebody now."

The caller declines to give his phone number, but says the man is about to leave any moment.

Dispatcher: "Is he playing with like a pistol?"

Caller: "Yeah, yeah, yeah."

As police arrived, a suspect, later identified as Jones, was spotted speeding from the airport out the wrong way. It appears stop sticks may have flattened at least one of his tires. Police chased Jones to the Hampton Inn on International Speedway Boulevard, where police say he pulled over, got out and started shooting. You can hear the exchange on recorded audio from the officer's radio.

Officer: "The vehicle stopped. Shots fired. Shots fired."

Jones then got back in his car and then stopped near Embry Riddle, where he fired again, according to police.

A student caught the second gun battle on his cell phone video camera. You can hear almost a dozen gun shots. Jones was hit five times.

"The bad guy in this case, for whatever reason, tells officers as they're arresting him, You should have killed me, I shot my wife, my wife's been shot," said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

When police looked in Jones' car, they found Bailey shot in the chest.

Police say the two are not married, but dating. Bailey is 14 weeks pregnant, at last check her baby was still alive, however, Bailey may now be paralyzed.

Investigators said they believe Jones shot a .22-caliber bullet and police shot a .40 caliber bullet. Investigators said they are trying to determine which type of bullet is lodged in Bailey's back.

Three officers are on administrative leave after the shooting. FDLE is still investigating.

Jones will be booked into the Volusia County Jail on attempted first-degree murder charges after he is released from the hospital, police said.

He has an extensive criminal history, with several other arrests for armed robberies and aggravated assaults, according to records.


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