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Officer Involved Shooting - October 22, 2012
(Holly Hill, Florida) At approximately 1:30am this morning, officers of the Holly Hill Police Department assisted members of the Daytona Beach Police Department with a domestic violence investigation at 850 South Flamingo Drive following an incident on Ridgewood Avenue in the City of Daytona Beach earlier in the evening.
During the on-scene investigation, the suspect – identified as Michael Morrison, 56 – armed himself with a handgun and refused requests by police to exit the residence.
A preliminary investigation has determined that during the stand-off Morrison pointed a handgun at a Holly Hill Police Officer who was positioned in the backyard of the residence. In defending himself, the officer discharged one round from his service weapon striking Morrison in the torso. Morrison was immediately taken into custody and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center where he was treated and released for a non-life threatening wound.
None of the law enforcement personnel assigned to the incident were injured during the altercation. Pursuant to standard protocol, the officer involved will receive a post traumatic event debriefing before returning to duty.
As standard practice, the investigation into the officer involved shooting has been turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
In addition to the original domestic violence charge, Morrison has also been charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Additional charges are pending.
According to Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker, “This incident drives home the extreme dangers our officers face each day in defense of the peace and security of our community. I am very thankful that none of our personnel were injured or killed. We will await the outcome of the FDLE investigation before further comment.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is being assisted in their investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.
Carjacking, Bank Robbery Suspect Captured After Crash
(Holly Hill, Florida) At approximately 11:00am this morning, an unidentified suspect committed an armed carjacking in the parking lot of the Neighborhood Walmart, 1903 North Nova Road, Holly Hill. During that incident, the suspect pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the female victim and forcibly took her Kia SUV at gunpoint.
The suspect then drove the stolen vehicle north on Nova Road into the City of Ormond Beach where he is believed to have committed an armed robbery at the Bank of America branch at Nova Road and Hand Avenue, leaving the scene with an undetermined amount of cash, along with an anti-theft dye pack which later expelled tracing dye onto the suspect’s clothing.
The suspect then drove east to Ridgewood Avenue (US-1) where he proceeded southbound into the City of Holly Hill. Near the north city limits, Holly Hill police officer Jason Weiss took a position to deploy a tire deflation device in front of the speeding stolen vehicle. Upon observing the officer, the suspect intentionally swerved toward the officer in an attempt to strike him with the vehicle.
The stolen vehicle struck two of the tire deflation spikes before rolling inverted approximately five times before impacting a pick-up truck which was also southbound on Ridgewood Avenue. During the crash, a firearm, bullets, and cash believed stolen in the bank robbery were ejected from the vehicle onto the road surface. The suspect has been transported to Halifax Health Medical Center under guard for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash.
According to Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker, “Thanks to the coordinated efforts of law enforcement an armed and extremely dangerous felon is off the streets this afternoon.”
The suspect’s identity is not known at this hour; however, investigators are working to positively identify him this afternoon. (At least one additional suspect is in custody in connection with the carjacking incident.) The hospitalized suspect is currently facing charges of Armed Carjacking and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer in the City of Holly Hill. The Ormond Beach Police Department will have additional charges as well.
Holly Hill Man Arrested on Attempted Murder Charges Following Stabbing
(Holly Hill, Florida) A Holly Hill man has been arrested on charges of attempted murder following an incident on Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, June 10, 2012, Holly Hill Police responded to 751 South Center Street at approximately 1:50pm, to a reported stabbing. Investigators determined that Michael Anselmo, 64, stabbed the victim, Deidre Ann Nightingale, 47, (a resident of 171 Pierce Street, Daytona Beach) once in the right chest before attempting to slash her throat following an argument over Nightingale’s rejection of Anselmo’s request for a romantic relationship.
Nightingale reportedly cooks and performs household chores for Anselmo at the South Center Street address. The pair has been acquainted for the past 10-years.
During the incident, two golfers at Riviera Country Club witnessed the incident and came to Nightingale’s aid. One witness was able to hold Anselmo at bay with a golf club, while the other rendered first aid to Nightingale, until police arrived.
According to Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker, “Thanks to the courageous actions of these individuals the victim was rescued from a vicious attack and almost certain death.”
Nightingale was transported to Halifax Health Emergency Department.
Anselmo has been charged with one count of Attempted Murder and is awaiting first appearance at the Volusia County Branch Jail.
Suspect Arrested in Holly Hill Bomb Threat
(Holly Hill, Florida) At approximately 9:00am this morning, a bomb threat was received by Metra Electronics, 460 Walker Street, Holly Hill, Florida. At approximately 4:30am, a voice mail was left for the Human Resources Department which indicated that a bomb had been placed on the property. In turn, managers notified the Holly Hill Police Department.
Some 300 employees of the manufacturing plant were evacuated by VOTRAN buses to Holly Hill City Hall and The Market (a civic center at 102 Riverside Drive) where refreshments and an air conditioned environment were provided.
In total, three Explosive Detection K-9’s from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office conducted a complex search of the buildings, grounds and vehicles on the Metra property.
Holly Hill Police Investigators were able to trace the telephone number from which the threat was received to an employee of Metra Electronics, later identified as Letisha Anne Vester, 33, of Daytona Beach, Florida. Vester was assigned to the Paint Department and was at work when the voice mail was received. She had been evacuated with other employees when contacted by police.
Vester’s cellular telephone and employee identification badge were located at Holly Hill City Hall where she had attempted to discard them prior to an interview with detectives. Vester is currently charged with one (1) count of False Report of a Bomb, a felony. In addition, at the time of her arrest Vester was wanted on an out-of-county arrest warrant charging Felony Larceny. No bond has been set.
Vester told detectives that she called in the bomb threat because “she needed a break” from work.
The incident involved the resources of the Holly Hill Police Department, Holly Hill Fire/Rescue Department, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, VOTRAN bus lines, and Volusia County Central Communications. Traffic in the area was detoured for approximately three hours.
HOLLY HILL POLICE MOTORCYCLE OFFICER RECEIVES AWARD
Corporal Michal Coomans of the Holly Hill Police Department’s Traffic Unit was awarded the Gold Wing Road Riders Association’s 2012 Motor Officer of the Year Award on Thursday, May 17, 2012, in a ceremony held during the Daytona Beach Chapter’s regular meeting. The award was presented by Chapter Director Jerry Wells.
Corporal Coomans is a 13 year law enforcement veteran who has been assigned as a police motorcycle officer since 2006. Corporal Coomans was nominated for the award by Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker who cited his exceptional work investigating traffic homicides and exemplary dedication to protecting the lives of the motoring public.
According to Chief Barker, “When one considers the many attributes that make an outstanding motor officer, Mike Coomans sets the gold standard.”
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is the world's largest single-marque social and service organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing and Valkyrie motorcycles. Founded in 1977, GWRRA has grown to more than 72,000 U.S., Canadian and international members in 53 foreign countries. Over 800 active Chapters are managed by 4,000 volunteer leaders working with members to foster safe, enjoyable riding while also working to improve the public image of motorcycling.
Twitter-Like Service Will Distribute Information To Residents
Nixle, a new service akin to Twitter, uses technology to distribute information that is locally specific securely, according to police.
Through Nixle, police can distribute information within a 20-mile radius which takes in the entire city. If a child or Alzheimer's disease patient is missing, Nixle will have the information out locally before an Amber Alert is issued.
Citizens will also have immediate information about crashes that close roads and other traffic detours.
Police say the real beauty of the Nixle service is that they can get the word out to the entire city, or just a fraction of it.
"If we had a boil water alert for a specific street in the city, we can isolate the communication to that specific street," Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker said.
Residents can be sure the information is reliable because the Nixle service is housed in a secure national law enforcement facility.
Law enforcement can alert residents by Web alerts, e-mails or text messages by the click of a button.
Citizens have to subscribe to the service, but there is no charge to residents or the police department.
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