Troopers are investigating an incident in which a DeLand Police cruiser ran over and killed a suspect it was pursuing Wednesday morning, they said.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, just before 1 a.m., Volusia County deputies attempted to pull over a 1995 Toyota four-door vehicle at Green and Parsons avenues for a seat belt violation, but the vehicle took off. The Sheriff's Office then issued an alert to DeLand officers in the area.
Two DeLand officers spotted the suspected vehicle as it traveled west on Beresford Avenue and attempted to stop it.
The Toyota turned onto Delaware Avenue, a dead-end street, where driver Marlon Robert Brown, 38, of Sanford, jumped out of the car and attempted to run away, FHP said.
One of the police cruisers stopped behind the Toyota, but the other traveled to the left of the first cruiser. That's when the front of the second DeLand Police cruiser struck Brown and ran over him, killing him, the FHP said in a report.
The driver of the patrol car has been identified as Officer James Harris, 25. He has been placed on administrative leave, police said.
Four women in the suspect's vehicle are being questioned.
DeLand Police are conducting an internal investigation, it said.