Jayson Colvin Short Biography
A Florida man Jayson Colvin on the run after shooting a police captain near a gas station in Eustis was shot and killed following a gun battle Thursday evening, authorities said.
Jayson Colvin, 38, was tracked by several law enforcement officers, including a SWAT team that found him in a wooded area near where he was accused of shooting Eustis police Capt. Gary Winheim.
A sheriff’s helicopter saw Colvin hiding under a canoe near a lake, where they said he tried to escape as the SWAT team approached. Police officers eventually saw Colvin and ordered him to put down his weapon.
Jayson Colvin Suspect
When he failed to comply, a gun battle ensued and he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.
It wasn’t clear who fired first.
“He failed to comply with the SWAT team’s demands and the subject is now deceased,” said Grinnell, according to Tampa’s FOX 13. “Multiple deputies opened fire on the individual.”
Earlier in the day, the Eustis Police Department said shots were originally fired around 12:15 p.m. near State Road 19 at County Road 44, authorities told the outlet.
Winheim was near a gas station around that time when he reported hearing gunshots. Police Chief Gary Calhoun said Winheim saw Colvin speed away from the station before he pulled up behind the suspect in an unmarked pickup truck. Colvin then fired at Winheim, hitting him in the neck and lodging a bullet in his back, Calhoun said.