Walter Pacheco | Sentinel Staff Writer
6:37 AM EST, January 18, 2008
An off-duty Daytona Beach police officer is recovering from gunshot wounds in Orlando this morning after a fatal shootout with armed burglars at his Orange County home.
"One suspect was shot and killed, another suspect was shot and injured and another suspect, we believe, is still at large," Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Williams said.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood said the deputy, whose name has not been released, was shot in the abdomen and just came out of surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Sheriff's records show the deputy and his pregnant wife arrived at their Villas at Pine Hills home before 11 p.m. Thursday and were confronted by three armed burglars. Investigators with the sheriff's office said the burglars and deputy exchanged about eight shots in front of the home.
Investigators said the 17-year-old suspect died at the scene. The injured 16-year-old burglar is in critical condition at ORMC.
The deputy's wife was not injured in the deadly shootout.
Chitwood was frustrated with the shooting and said "juvenile crime is off the hook."
"These are armed 16-year-old thugs who have no respect for life," Chitwood said. "And you know, tonight, they ran into the wrong person."
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