SANFORD, Fla. – A murder suspect believed to have killed a woman whose body was found along a Volusia County trail was injured in a shoot out with Seminole County deputies at a laundromat in Sanford on Wednesday, authorities said.
The shooting took place Wednesday afternoon at a laundromat near U.S. Highway 17-92 and 22nd Street as deputies approached Brandon McLean, who was driving the victim’s recently leased 2021 Volkswagen Jetta, according to Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma.
“Through technology (tag readers), we were able to determine that that vehicle was on the move in Volusia County last night, after we found her body, and was in close proximity to crime scene at 9:30 this morning,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
Lemma said once his deputies were notified that McLean was in Sanford, investigators who deal with fugitive apprehension began conducting surveillance and spotted McLean with another man.
“Those three investigators and detectives swarmed in, in an attempt to speak to the individuals, they were standing at the Volkswagen, the decedent’s car that’s parked on the side, and one of our investigative units pulled their car in to conduct a blocking in technique so the suspect vehicle cannot pull away. Another one of our sheriff’s office vehicles came in to offer assistance. That’s the vehicle that slowly slid into the tree and it’s crashed there next to the tree,” Lemma said.
Records show both men fled at first but the second man quickly laid on the ground to surrender. He’s not believed to be connected to the murder at this time and is not currently facing criminal charges, though he is being interviewed.