Authorities said they first received a tip on a non-emergency number at 8:23 p.m. about a man allegedly waiving a gun around in his car at the Daytona Beach International Airport. When officers got closer, they said they spotted the suspect speeding away in his Cadillac at a high rate a speed.
“He has a gun in his car and he’s waiving it around, or he was waiving it around earlier, but he’s sitting there waiting for somebody right now,” said the caller.
Police said the man, later identified as Marvin Calvin Jones, 22, of Charlestown, had picked up a pregnant woman at the airport after she arrived on a flight from Boston.
“We know that the suspect in this case was there to pick up his girlfriend who had just arrived from a flight in Boston,” said Daytona Beach Police Chief, Mike Chitwood.
When officers tried to stop Jones near a Hampton Inn Hotel, police said he exited the vehicle and fired several rounds from a handgun at the officers. Jones then re-entered his car and fled, police said.
Officers followed him onto the campus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where he made a second stop near the intersection of Richard Petty Boulevard and ERAU Boulevard. That’s when police said Jones exited his car again began discharging additional rounds at the officers.
“We’re not exactly sure how it happened, either the bad guy gets out and fires at the officers, or turns and puts the gun out of the window of the car and fires at police,” Chitwood said.
Police said the officers returned fire, shooting the assailant five times.
While in custody, authorities said Jones made statements to the officers that he had just shot his wife, who police found slumped over in the vehicle with at least one gunshot wound.
Investigators said victim is a 23-year-old woman who is 14 weeks pregnant. She and Jones were transported to the Halifax Hospital trauma center where they both remain in critical but stable condition.
None of the police officers involved were injured.
Police said the incident appears to be a case of domestic violence. Investigators are trying to find the man who called them and gave police a heads up about Jones.
Jones has been charged with first-degree attempted murder. He is also wanted in New Hampshire in connection with the armed robbery of the Baymont Inn in Lebanon back in January.