An armed ACSO deputy runs in Newberry

ACSO personnel responded to an active shooter situation Thursday night in Newberry. 

A Newberry man who fled from Alachua County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) deputies during a traffic stop attempt was shot Thursday night in Newberry.

According to ACSO Capt. Kaley Behl, ACSO deputies observed what they thought was a drunk driver and tried to pull the man over just south of Newberry in the Half Moon neighborhood.

But the man fled until the deputies initiated a PIT maneuver (pursuit intervention technique) and he fired shots at deputies.

At least one deputy returned fire and "the pursuit ended right here in Newberry at the intersection of State Road 45 and Newberry Road," Behl said.

The ACSO is not reporting the status or name of the man who was injured in the exchange and taken away by ambulance.

Multiple agencies responded to the emergency and secured the area, including Florida Highway Patrol, ACSO Special Teams and Alachua County Fire Rescue.

"At least one deputy returned fire and that made it an officer involved shooting," Behl said. That deputy will be on leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the incident.

The intersection of State Road 45 and Newberry Road remained blocked as of 11:30 p.m. with crime scene taping off the area.

Employees at Newberry Pizza, one block from the scene, said they heard the shots and were hiding behind cars until the scene was secured.

Newberry Pizza employee hides from shooter behind car

John Torres, a Newberry Pizza employee, hides behind a car as ACSO deputies exchange gunfire with a suspect Thursday night. 

Earlier Thursday, ACSO deputies responded to a bomb threat at Newberry High School. 

"Thank you, Alachua County Sheriff Officers!" Newberry Mayor Jordan Marlowe wrote on Facebook Thursday evening during the active shooter situation. "You have had a long day keeping our community safe, and on behalf of all of Newberry, we appreciate you!"

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

Law enforcement officers at a standoff with an armed suspect

Law enforcement officers at a standoff with an armed suspect Thursday night in Newberry. 

Mainstreet Daily News Reporter

Suzette Cook is a Mainstreet Daily News reporter who has been a community journalist for more than 30 years.

(7) comments

Guest

So someone shoots at officers, one of the officers returns fire, which possibly saved another’s life because the shooting ended, and he is put on leave while this is being investigated? When did we become a country where the police are treated with such a heavy hand while the criminals who are shooting at people are treated like the victims. What a disgrace! Why would anyone want to be an officer if they are going to be treated like this for doing their job. I’m so very disappointed in our system! I thank all of the officers for risking their lives for complete strangers. Few would do such a brave act. I pray for the man who is being treated this way. Anyone in such a position needs to first know how to respond to protect and not be overly preoccupied with whether they are following some ridiculous rule. This is life or death people.

Guest

U r a moron!! Hope someone learns you a thing or 5 some day soon!!!

Guest

I’ve heard that the person who ran and and got shot was a member of my Newberry High School class. RIP. Too many people I have known from back then in 2000 have gone from events that could have been otherwise. It’s a sad day for Nb.

Guest

I think he was injured not killed!

Guest

Proud of our ASO and other essential personnel. ❤ thank you for keeping the public safe

Guest

Went through the red light going east just as it was starting. A van had ran over the median on the left through the light going west. I was going East. I have never seen so many police responding, which I thought was a wreck at the time. I figured something big was going on after seeing police after police respond.

Guest

I live in the Half Moon subdivision. I had a terrible migraine last night & went to bed before this happened. Thank you Police for keeping us safe! I hope the person shot survives & learns from this.

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