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DeLand Police fire cop after suspect run over, killed

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The DeLand Police Department announced Friday it has fired the officer who investigators say hit and killed 38-year-old Marlon Brown, a man whom police were pursuing during a high-speed chase in early May.

"I'm not satisfied with the young man being fired, because I don't know exactly what happened. And without that report from Florida Highway Patrol, how do we know exactly what happened?" said Joyce Cusack, Volusia County Council at Large member.

Cusack organized a community meeting shortly after Brown was killed to demand answers. She says despite the officer being fired, she and other residents want to know why he was fired. She says they still have questions that have yet to be answered and are still waiting to see the final  FHP report.

"Justice will be done, but justice without a clear understating as to what has happened is not fully justice," Cusack said.

Police say Brown, who was driving on a suspended license, didn't stop when a Volusia County deputy tried to pull him over for not wearing his seat belt. Troopers say two DeLand officers began chasing Brown, who eventually ditched his car and ran into a field. That's when troopers say one of the officers ran over him, killing him.

In a statement, DeLand Police Chief William Ridgway said, "Based on the totality of the circumstances and facts that I continually learned through the process of the investigation, I have now reached a threshold of knowledge where I feel compelled to take immediate action."

Cusack said she wants the truth to come out sooner rather than later.

"This young man has lost his life. The other young man has lost his job, and no one seems to know what's going on as it relates to the investigation," Cusack said.

The crash remains under investigation by the FHP.

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