VIDEO: Body Camera Footage of Officer Involved Shooting in New Smyrna Beach, Florida Released
New Smyrna Beach, Florida – Body camera footage has been released today in an officer involved shooting that occurred Saturday in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
New Smyrna Beach Corporal Ralph Hunnefeld was shot in a rapidly evolving incident that began as a police pursuit in Port Orange, Florida at around 4 pm as an officer tried to conduct a traffic stop as the offender then fled into neighboring New Smyrna Beach.
As multiple agencies joined the pursuit in progress, officers disabled the suspect’s vehicle with stop sticks at the intersection of Turnbull Street and Industrial Park Avenue where the vehicle crashed by a storage facility.
The suspect foot bailed from the vehicle, shooting at officers and striking Corporal Hunnefield in the leg. Other officers on scene returned fire, killing the suspect, later identified as Matthew Thomas, 25.
The investigation into the incident has been handed over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE.)
Mike Chitwood, Sheriff of Volusia County Sheriff and New Smyrna Beach Chief of Police Mike Coffin held a news conference Sunday morning regarding the shooting.
“These officers and the deputy did an outstanding job when faced with a deadly threat,” said Chief Michael Coffin, with New Smyrna Beach Police.
Corporal Hunnefeld, 36, who is also a Marine Corps veteran received a non-life threatening bullet wound in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.
See video of the shooting here