Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were ambushed during a traffic stop when a man armed with an AR15-style rifle got out of the car and opened fire on them, shocking new video shows.
Brewer County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Potters and Tyler Thoman were shot by Paris Wilder, 38, during a stop in West Melbourne on August 30.
The gunman was shot dead by the deputies, while Potters was shot in the leg and buttocks.
Footage released by the sheriff. On Friday, the office was shown talking to two people outside a parked car shortly before the ambush. It was not immediately clear why the deputies stopped the men.
Deputy Potters could be seen joking with Wilder as he sat in the back seat when the deputy saw the two-year-old and the dog sitting next to him.
Their exchange took a turn when the deputy asked Wilder to get out of the car.
The footage showed Wilder getting out of the car with a rifle and immediately opened fire on two deputies.
Deputy Potters was shot as he tried to get a cover behind his car.
Wilder then chased the two deputies until they opened fire on him. He then repeatedly struck Deputy Potters in the head with his gun.
The sheriff’s office said Deputy Thoman fired at Wilder as the gunman attacked Deputy Potter.
Wilder was declared a career offender by the sheriff’s office with 40 arrests in advance.
“For those out there who may be foolish to ask why we shot him so many times, the answer is simple – because evil can never be enough,” said Sheriff Van Evie.
“This guy didn’t really care about human life and he was focused on just one thing – killing our agents to avoid arrest because he knew he had several at least mandatory prison sentences in his pending cases. Is facing punishment. ”
The sheriff said Potters is expected to recover fully.
Two other people at a traffic stop initially fled when the shooting began, but returned to the scene shortly afterwards and are now assisting in the investigation.