‘If I Wanted To Kill Him, I Could Have,’ Cop Shooting Suspect Says
Saturday, July 18, 2009 11:51:28 AM
Reported by Jacqueline Fell
MELBOURNE -- The man arrested Friday for shooting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer said he spared the officer’s life.
“If I wanted to kill him, I could have, but I shot him in his vest on purpose,” Christopher Eddy said moments after he surrendered to law enforcement following a 46-hour manhunt for the gunman who shot Officer Vann Streety Wednesday.
“It was probably about 30 minutes later. They set up a permiter. They couldnt find him,” said Maj. Andrew Walters, with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. “He immediately appeared from the beach dunes, and they took him into custody without incident.”
Eddy tried to steal a car in the Melbourne Beach area, but an armed homeowner confronted him. Eddy took off running down the coast.
“He kept yelling out to the homeowner that he was homeless -- ‘I’m homeless’ -- but he did see a firearm,” Walters said.
Law enforcement officials said Eddy took them to a makeshift camp site he constructed. Sheriff’s officials said Eddy had a rough couple of nights, and they almost did not recognize him.
“It looks like he’s been out all night long, bug bitten and pretty miserable,” Walters said.
Eddy told deputies he wanted to give himself up and tell his side of the story.
“I felt my freedom was being violated, because they had me in some wrong -- it was just unjust, the way they treated me, because they pulled me over, and they gave me some traffic tickets, and then they sent me right to the court,” Eddy said as he was being taken into custody.
“All I want is a peaceful life,” Eddy added after saying he could have fatally wounded Streety if he wanted.