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Man dies in shootout with Volusia County sheriff's deputies

Family escapes through window of home

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Deputies have released the name of a suicidal man who died Monday night in a shootout with Volusia County sheriff's deputies as his family escaped through a window, according to authorities.

Officials said it is not known if Michael Hartman, 38, shot and killed himself or if he was fatally wounded by gunfire from deputies. No other injuries were reported.

There was a "gun shop" inside the house and Hartman had access to numerous firearms, deputies said. During the past two years, deputies responded to that address 21 times. 

The names of the deputies involved in the shooting were also released. Deputy Cody Cochran, 26, was hired in November 2011 and Deputy Corey Rittenour, 35, was hired in July 2010. Both have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure in a deputy-involved shooting.

Cochran made news last May, after receiving a medal for rescuing a baby in Deltona, who was drowning in a backyard pool.

The shooting was reported at 9:50 p.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Plantation Drive near Ormond Beach.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the home because Hartman was threatening to kill himself. Deputies said he suffered from PTSD.

When deputies arrived at the house they said they saw Hartman walking down the driveway and asked him to stop, according to the report.

When Hartman saw the deputies, he ran back to the house. A 14-year-old boy tried to prevent him from entering the home, but Hartman overpowered the teen and entered the garage, according to the report. The teen yelled for Hartman to stop and also yelled for deputies to not shoot him.

A witness said he heard several gunshots coming from different directions, then saw the 14-year-old coming out with his hands up. The teen took cover behind the deputies and was led to safety.

When deputies went inside the garage, they found Hartman dead from a gunshot wound.

Hartman's wife, along with three children between the ages of 2 and 14, were in the house, but the youngest children were passed through a window and went to some nearby woods to seek safety, deputies said. Hartman's wife and a friend also escaped through the window, and the 14-year-old boy was unharmed, deputies said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.