Florida deputies release bodycam video after officer shot, suspect killed during chase

Florida sheriff’s deputies released bodycam video of a deadly shooting in which a police officer was injured and a suspect killed during a chase over the weekend.

The chase began at around 4pm Saturday when a Port Orange police officer tried to pull over a driver, who instead sped away toward New Smyrna Beach, police said.

Deputies deployed stop sticks and the green Lincoln sedan crashed outside a storage facility.

The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Matthew Thomas of Holly Hill, bailed out of the car and opened fire on officers from inside the facility, police said.

Cpl. Ralph Hunnefeld of the New Smyrna Police Department was struck in a leg and wounded. Officers returned fire and killed Thomas moments later, police said.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office released bodycam footage from Deputy Brady Bergeron who was involved in the shooting.

The video shows officers outside the storage facility exchanging gunfire with Thomas, who was inside, police said.

When Thomas walks outside, he is shot and killed, the video shows.

Hunnefeld was recovering at a hospital where officials said he was in good spirits. He joined the department in 2011.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

The involved officers and the deputy have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice.