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A sheriff's deputy had a near miss on Thursday, the day before his birthday, after a carjacking suspect opened fire with a handgun and grazed his hat sending it flying.
Sergeant Tom Dane, 55, of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, was getting out his vehicle when the suspect Phillip Thomas Marsh, 30, unleashed a hail of bullets in his direction.
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From one deputy's bodycam, Dane's 'Sheriff's K-9 Unit' hat can be seen knocked off by the gunfire. It was later found on the road with an entry hole a few inches above logo, according to a photo from the sheriff's office.
Meanwhile, five officers returned fire at Marsh hitting him several times as he ran into the nearby woods.
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The authorities then took him into custody, performed first and had him taken to the hospital where he was declared deceased.
After deputies emerged from the wooded area where Marsh was taken down, Dane was asked by another deputy if he was okay.
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'Yeah, I got hit in the head with a round,' he replied.
'With what?' the officer asked him.
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'With a bullet,' Dane responded.
Dane, a 30-year veteran of the force, was treated and released from a hospital in Daytona Beach on Thursday night before his birthday on Friday according to Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
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'Can't say it enough: Thank God for the safety of our deputies & innocent people in harm's way yesterday,' the...
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