Suspect charged in fatal shooting of K-9 officer

- A man arrested the fatal shooting of a Volusia County Sheriff's Office K-9 faces a slew of charges. 

Eddie Durell Powell, 34, was shot during a standoff with deputies on Tuesday afternoon and is receiving medical treatment for non life-threatening injuries at Central Florida Regional Hospital. 

Authorities say K-9 Forrest was shot during an exchange of gunfire between deputies and Powell, shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday.  The incident happened near Vann Park.  

K-9 Forrest was rushed to DeLand Animal Hospital following the shooting but couldn't be saved.  Powell is now charged with use of a deadly weapon against a police dog, two counts of attempted second-degree murder with a firearm, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and failure to register a motor vehicle.

Deputies were investigating a Crime Stoppers tip for a fugitive at a home on Wing Terrace, when they encountered Powell, according to a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office.

"As deputies were contacting the people inside the house where the fugitive was believed to be staying, they heard someone jumping over fences in the area," explained Andrew Gant.  "Deputies set up a perimeter, and the Sheriff's Office Air One helicopter spotted the suspect in a nearby wooded area. K-9 Forrest had started tracking to him when the suspect opened fire, prompting both deputies to return fire."
 
After a roughly 19-hour search, deputies stumbled across Powell, who was hiding in a wooded area. 
 
"He was hiding, and from what I understand, officers almost stepped on him, before he jumped up and took off," explained Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. "He reached as though going for a firearm, and at that time, the officer fired."
 
Johnson said Powell was shot multiple times and was rushed to the hospital.   He also said a firearm was recovered at the scene.   
 
"There's been a lots of emotions since last night," Johnson said.  "We lost the dog. We are very happy it ended.  I'm happy he's in custody, but I don't have much sympathy for him."
 
Powell is thought to be a transient in the Deltona area, deputies say.  Authorities call Powell a career criminal with several arrests in Georgia for aggravated assault and drug charges. 
 
 
 
 
 
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