UPDATE (5:15pm) — The Milton Police Department issued an update to the officer-involved shooting that took place late Thursday morning.
Milton Police have identified the suspect that stole a vehicle at knifepoint as Bradley Shane Hobbs.
Police say Hobbs fled from police, who were looking for the stolen vehicle, during an attempted traffic stop.
The following is a press released from the Milton Police Department:
“On 11/08/2018 at approximately 11:20 a.m., Milton Police Officers responded stolen vehicle in progress call. Upon arrival the officers were alerted by a victim that a carjacking at knife-point occurred near the intersection of Munson Hwy and Econfina St. A vehicle description was provided and officers located the vehicle near the intersection of Munson Hwy and Stewart St. The suspect, identified as Bradley Shane Hobbs, ignored the officers’ attempt to perform a traffic stop and fled northbound on Stewart St. Mr. Hobbs lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the retention pond near the intersection of Hwy 87 and Langley St. Mr. Hobbs exited the vehicle and advanced towards Cpl. Dwayne Smith, while armed with a knife. Mr. Hobbs continued to advance towards Cpl. Smith after ignoring repeated instructions to drop the knife. Cpl. Smith was forced to fire his weapon in order to stop Mr. Hobbs dangerous advancement. Mr. Hobbs was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating the Officer Involved Shooting.
On 11/09/2018, an arrest warrant, with no bond, was issued for Bradley Shane Hobbs for the following crimes:
Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding
Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
Mr. Hobbs is described as a 32 year old, white male.
Please contact the Milton Police Department if you have any information regarding this incident at 850-983-5423.”
MILTON, Fla (WKRG) – FDLE is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Milton. Milton’s police chief says officers shot a man after he stole multiple vehicles from multiple people.
The suspect was in a stolen vehicle and he went to Ecofina and Munson Highway and abandoned that vehicle according to police. Police say he then stole a white Chevy Silverado truck. When this happened the owner of the vehicle flagged down a Milton police officer who took chase and the suspect lost control just north of Langley street, the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife, according to police, and was shot. The suspect was shot in the chest as is expected to live. The officer is fine, and was not injured. FDLE is investigating.
“It’s a property crime and you are taking action that could end your life or that of someone else. In the grand scheme a property crime is not that big of a deal,” said Milton Police Chief Tony Tindell, “none of us want to shoot anybody, we want to help them not harm them.”
Police aren’t releasing the suspect’s name but say he’s facing charges of fleeing and eluding an officer as well as assault. The chief says it has been many years since there has been an officer involved shooting in his town. “Stealing a vehicle is bad enough but it’s not the end of the world. Don’t get out of your vehicle and attack an officer,” said Chief Tindall, “these officers are like my children and I get highly irritated when someone tries to hurt one of my officers.”