Fla. deputy-involved shooting ends crime spree

When deputies approached the robbery suspects, the driver aimed the car toward them and started driving


By Krista Torralva
Orlando Sentinel

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A crime spree by two juveniles and an adult from South Florida came to a halt when an Osceola County deputy shot toward a car which officials said was barreling toward the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

Osceola County deputies said Dominique Chavoreya Knight-Lewis, 24, a 16-year-old and 17-year-old from Pembroke Pines committed a robbery at Bealls Outlet at 3227 S. John Young Parkway. The Orlando Sentinel typically does not name juveniles accused of crimes.

Dominique Chavoreya Knight-Lewis and the juveniles were charged with robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft auto. (Photo/Osceola County Sheriff)
Dominique Chavoreya Knight-Lewis and the juveniles were charged with robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft auto. (Photo/Osceola County Sheriff)

Deputies and detectives searching for the trio found them at the Speedway Gas Station across the street from the store. Knight-Lewis and the teens tried to drive away but crashed the silver Toyota they drove into a deputy’s vehicle, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Major Jacob Ruiz said.

Officials said when deputies approached the car, the driver of the Toyota then aimed the car toward toward them and started driving, he said. One of the deputies feared injury or death and shot toward the car, Ruiz said.

The sheriff’s office did not identify the deputy. The deputy is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, he said.

The driver stopped the car and all three inside were detained, Ruiz said. No one was injured.

The Toyota was found to be stolen from Miami, according to police.

Knight-Lewis and the juveniles were charged with robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft auto. They may face additional charges after the investigation is completed, Ruiz said. The relationship between Knight-Lewis and the juveniles is unknown, he said.

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