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FHP: Suspect in downtown Ocala shooting arrested

Suspect shot at state troopers in car chase
Posted at 8:22 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 18:56:40-05

OCALA, Fla. (WTXL) — During a routine traffic stop by Gainesville Police in east Alachua County, the suspect in a shooting in downtown Ocala on Thursday, who also fled from and shot at Florida Highway Patrol troopers, was arrested on Friday.

Thirty-five-year-old David Le-Otis James was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Marion County and booked into the Alachua County Jail.

Florida Highway Patrol is investigating after a suspect fired shots at a State Trooper on the afternoon of Nov. 19.

Around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, FHP was notified of a shooting that had just occurred in downtown Ocala.

FHP says a trooper saw the suspect vehicle, described as a silver-colored Nissan sedan, exiting a parking garage and told the driver to exit his vehicle.

According to the report, the driver then accelerated in an attempt to get away.

FHP says as the vehicle pursuit continued, a passenger of the fleeing sedan shot multiple times at the trooper and his patrol car.

The Trooper was not struck or injured during this encounter but did lose contact with the vehicle.

In addition to Ocala Police Department charges, FHP Investigators have added charges of aggravated fleeing & eluding and principle to attempted murder against James.

The Ocala Police Department is investigating the initial shooting incident.