Last Updated: Oct. 4, 2:55 p.m. For more details, including the 911 call and police reports on the men arrested, go here.
A burglary took place just before 10:20 this morning in the area of Brunswick Lane just north of Palm Coast Parkway and was followed by a manhunt that ended with the arrest of two suspects at around 11:20 or 11:30.
A third suspect, Tre Quan Cobb, 18, of Louisiana Drive in Palm Coast, was airlifted to Halifax Hospital earlier with a gunshot wound to the head.
“It’s not deputy related,” Debbie Johnson, the Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson said, raising the possibility that the suspect was shot by an occupant in the home: the burglary took place while it was occupied. All three suspects are young black men in their 20s, Johnson said.
Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming said “this incident appears to be drug-related.”
The third suspect was, in fact, shot by Daniel Floyd, 24, a resident at the house, when the three men were fleeing the house.
The sheriff’s office described the sequence of events this way: According to Floyd, the three men kicked in the front door to his home looking for his roommate. Floyd was held at gun point as the men asked for the roommate. When told the roommate was not home, the three then attempted to run out of the house. Floyd armed himself and shot Cobb in the back of the head. The suspect fell onto the lawn while the other two fled. Cobb was treated and released back to deputies, but then was transferred to Florida Hospital Flagler for further treatment, where he remained on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office released an amended sequence of events, including this sentence in a news release: “The shooting came when the three burglars attempted to run out of the house. Detectives said the victim, Daniel Floyd, 24, fired his gun as one of the burglars turned and pointed their gun at Floyd as they exited, putting him in fear for his safety.”
The description is at odds in one key regard with that provided a day earlier, when the sheriff’s office had Floyd shooting Cobb as the three men were leaving.
Belle Terre Elementary and Indian Trails Middle School on Belle Terre Parkway were on lockdown as a precaution Monday morning, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says. The lockdown was lifted at 11:30 a.m. Indian Trails’ principal and the school superi8ntendent, Janet Valentine, informed parents by email and by an automated phone call of the situation and its aftermath.
By late afternoon, the sheriff’s office had charged Antonio Hudson, 20, of New Smyrna Beach, with armed burglary and aggravated assault, and David A. Pope, 16, of Brelyn Place in Palm Coast (within walking distance of the house that was targeted this morning), with armed burglary. Pope was transported to the Division of Youth Services in Daytona Beach.
Just before noon, Air One, the Volusia County helicopter used in the search for the second suspect, stopped flying above the area where it had been flying in low concentric circles for about an hour. But four deputies with semi-automatic weapons and a K-9 were still patrolling in the area of Brigadoon and Brittany Lanes.
The burglary took place at 25A Brunswick Lane, a duplex–one of two–at the intersection with Brunett Lane. Half the duplex was encircled in yellow police tape. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement mobile crime lab unit arrived at the scene at 12:30 p.m.
Blood stains were clearly visible in the driveway, where one of the suspect was found and taken to Halifax Hospital.
A van suspected to have been used in the burglary was located in the area of 61 Brushwood Lane, the sheriff’s office reported. A handgun used by the suspects was located by a K-9 unit in a wooded area near 84 Brushwood Lane.
A neighbor who lives in the house immediately adjacent to the targeted duplex said he heard the gunshot–a single gunshot–but didn’t see anything.
The front door of the duplex did not appear to have been forced. But a tire iron rested upright against the frame of the garage door.
This is a developing story.