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Suspect fatally shot by Daytona Beach police during foot chase

Victim found shot 5 times inside home; suspect fired on officers during pursuit

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach shooting suspect was shot and killed by officers Monday morning during a pursuit after police say he fatally shot a man and opened fire on officers.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said the incident started at 8:20 a.m. when police received a call about a person shot inside a Hollywood Street home.

Capri said the victim, Jamauri Burks, 21, was found in his home and had been shot in the neck and other parts of his body. Burks was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

“There was some kind of disturbance this morning between him and the suspect," Capri said. " The victim went back into his house (and the) suspect decided to come into the house, at which time he confronted the victim. (He) didn’t say anything, pulled out a firearm and fired at the victim probably five times."

While investigating the shooting, a witness told officers the shooting suspect walked outside a home and officers began chasing the suspect on foot behind neighboring houses, according to the chief.

Police later identified the suspect as 21-year-old Jerric Harris.

During the chase, Harris pulled out a gun and fired several shots at police in the 800 block of Wildwood Street, Capri said. Two officers returned fire, striking Harris multiple times, the chief said.

“He basically murdered a young man that didn’t deserve to die today and then he tried to kill us as he ran and we weren’t going to let that happen," Capri said.

A gun was recovered from the scene, police said.

Harris was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The officers were not hit by the suspect’s gunfire, Capri said.

Capri said Harris did not have a prior criminal history with the department.

Police have not released the names of the two officers involved. Both officers are on paid administrated leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure when an officer fires his or her weapon.


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