Pregnant Pickup Driver Hit By Bullet in Cop, Passenger Shootout

by Henry Austin and Molly Roecker /  / Updated 
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A pregnant woman was airlifted to hospital after being caught in a crossfire between police and a passenger in her pickup truck.NBC News

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A pregnant woman was airlifted to the hospital after being caught in a deadly shootout between cops and a passenger in her pickup truck late Monday, sheriff's officials in Florida said.

Volusia County Sheriff's pulled over the truck at around 11:29 p.m. ET near Barberville after spotting a burned out tail light, Public Information Officer Gary Davidson said in a statement.

“While talking to the occupants, the passenger pulled out a gun and fired at both deputies,” he said. “Both deputies returned fire, striking the male passenger. He was pronounced dead inside the truck, where two guns were recovered. Neither deputy was injured in the shooting.”

Image: Police activity at scene of shooting
A pregnant woman was airlifted to hospital after being caught in a crossfire between police and a passenger in her pickup truck.NBC News

He added that “a pregnant woman who was driving the truck was struck in the shoulder by a bullet" but it was not immediately clear who shot her.

The woman was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment of her injury.

She is six months pregnant, according to an audio recording of the dispatch radio published by online archive Broadcastify.

"As far as I know, the officers were simply engaging in conversation. As far as exactly what was said, that will come out in the investigation," Davidson later added. "The woman who was driving the car will not be charged with anything as far as I know, at this point we don't even know who she is. They obviously had some sort of relationship, I mean they were in the car together, but the extent of it will come out in the investigation."

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