Daytona Beach school resource officer helps chase down man with gun, police say

School put on lockdown as officer joined foot chase

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police are crediting the fast actions of a school resource officer with helping to safely nab a man wanted in connection with a violent robbery.

On Tuesday, Officer Willie Chirillo was patrolling Turie T. Small Elementary School when she got word of a man with a gun running toward the campus, according to a post on the Daytona Beach Police Department’s Facebook page.

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Chirillo put the school on lockdown, according to police, and spotted the man, later identified as John Holland, shortly thereafter.

DBPD said the school resource officer then joined the foot chase down South Street along with other officers who were already in pursuit. Chirillo worked with the other officers to safely get Holland’s gun away from him and place him in cuffs.

According to the affidavit, 1.7 grams of heroin was found in Holland’s backpack after he was taken into custody.

The lockdown was lifted shortly after that and no one was hurt.

Investigators said Holland, 33, faces a felony robbery charge for holding two people at gunpoint and demanding cash from them as they were in their car. Records show $75 was stolen.


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