The 21-year-old man who fired at Eustis police officers Wednesday made the “Holy Trinity” with his left arm before he raised what looked like a handgun with his right, Eustis Det. Robert Simken said.
That’s when officers shot at Dillan Shane Ezell, who dropped the gun after being struck. Ezell again reached for the weapon, so police fired again. Ezell was pronounced dead at Florida Hospital Waterman.
Police later determined the weapon Ezell had was a pellet gun, Eustis Det. Robert Simken said.
Sgt. Kenneth Toler was taken to the hospital after a round ricocheted off a concrete pylon and struck him in the leg, Simken said. He was released in good health and is at home with his family, Simken said.
The incident started after police were called to a Bay Street auto parts store after Ezell was in the business armed with a gun. Ezell told employees he had the firearm and that they should call the police.
The employees escaped out the rear entrance of the store unharmed, and police arrived, staging outside of the business.
Capt. Shane McSheehy, Capt. Gary Winheim and a third officer, who wasn’t named, are on administrative leave as FDLE investigates. They’ve all been employed by the department since 1996.
The third officer’s name will be released after he’s interviewed, Simken said.
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