Shocking moment Florida deputy gets shot and beaten with butt of AR-15-style rifle by passenger who burst out of car during traffic stop before cop's partner saves his life by killing career criminal in shootout

 Dashcam footage shows the moment two Florida deputies are ambushed by a gunman, prompting a shootout that left the suspect dead and an officer severely injured. 

Deputies Brian Potters and Tyler Thoman pulled over a car on West New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, Florida, in a routine traffic stop off of I-95 on August 30. 

In the video, a man and a woman are seen standing outside their car. Thoman was talking to the woman about a two-month-old baby and dog in the backseat, according to a video posted on the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, as Potters asks a third passenger to exit the car.

Paris Wilder, 38, then jumps out of the car and starts shooting at the officer. 


Dashcam footage shows the moment Florida deputies Brian Potters and Tyler Thoman are ambushed by an armed Paris Wilder (right), 38, prompting a shootout that left Wilder dead and Potters severely injured

Dashcam footage shows the moment Florida deputies Brian Potters and Tyler Thoman are ambushed by an armed Paris Wilder (right), 38, prompting a shootout that left Wilder dead and Potters severely injured 

The officers pulled over a car on West New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, Florida, in a routine traffic stop off of I-95 on Monday, August 30. When Potters asked a passenger to exit the car, Wilder jumped out 'with a small stock AR-15-styled rifle' and started shooting

The officers pulled over a car on West New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, Florida, in a routine traffic stop off of I-95 on Monday, August 30. When Potters asked a passenger to exit the car, Wilder jumped out 'with a small stock AR-15-styled rifle' and started shooting

Wilder took cover behind the car and fired multiple rounds at the deputies
'I've been hit,' Potters shouted as Wilder started hopping on one foot, appearing to have been shot too

Potters is seen running away from the gunman as Wilder takes cover behind the car and continues shooting. The officers returned fire. 'I've been hit,' Potters shouts as Wilder starts hopping on one foot, appearing to have been shot too

Paris Wilder (pictured) was a career criminal with 40 previous arrests. He was out on bond for two felony drug charges and two active felony warrants when the shooting happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene

Paris Wilder (pictured) was a career criminal with 40 previous arrests. He was out on bond for two felony drug charges and two active felony warrants when the shooting happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene

'He (Potters) is immediately and without warning ambushed with a small stock AR-15-styled rifle that is pointed and fired directly at him,' Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in the video.

Ivey suggested Wilder was 'avoiding arrest as he knew he was facing several minimum mandatory prison sentences in his pending cases'. 

Potters is then seen running away from the gunman as Wilder takes cover behind the car and continues shooting. The officers returned fire.

'I've been hit,' Potters shouts as Wilder starts hopping on one foot, appearing to have been shot too. 

Wilder runs towards the deputies and they try to take cover behind the sheriff's car. The suspect then ambushes Potters from behind, beating him with the gun and knocking him to the ground.  

Ivey said Wilder 'fired numerous rounds at our deputies' and 'used the butt of the rifle to violently and repeatedly strike Deputy Potters in the head, causing significant injuries and lacerations'. 

Thoman is then seen firing multiple rounds, killing Wilder, 'thus eliminating the threat and saving Deputy Potter's life,' Ivey said.

Wilder ran towards the deputies and they tried to take cover behind the Sheriff's car
Wilder then ambushed Potters from behind and beat him with the butt of the gun, knocking him to the ground

Wilder runs towards the deputies and they try to take cover behind the Sheriff's car. The suspect then ambushes Potters from behind, beating him with the gun and knocking him to the ground

Thoman fired multiple rounds, killing Wilder, 'thus eliminating the threat and saving Deputy Potter's life,' Ivey said, adding that 'or those out there who might be foolish enough to ask why we shot him so many times, that answer is simple - because evil can never be dead enough'

Thoman fired multiple rounds, killing Wilder, 'thus eliminating the threat and saving Deputy Potter's life,' Ivey said, adding that 'or those out there who might be foolish enough to ask why we shot him so many times, that answer is simple - because evil can never be dead enough'

Thoman (pictured) did not suffer any injuries during the incident and both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is customary in all deputy-involved shootings
Potters (pictured) was shot in the lower leg and suffered multiple head lacerations from the beating, Ivey said, including 'tissue damage, a concussion and fractures'

Potters (right) was shot in the lower leg and suffered multiple head lacerations from the beating, Ivey said, including 'tissue damage, a concussion and fractures'. Thoman (left) did not suffer any injuries during the incident and both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is customary in all deputy-involved shootings

Potters was shot in the lower leg and suffered multiple head lacerations from the beating, Ivey said, including 'tissue damage, a concussion and fractures'. 

He 'sustained non-life threatening injuries... and is expected to make a full recovery,' a statement from the Sheriff's Office read. 

Thoman did not suffer any injuries during the incident and both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is customary in all deputy-involved shootings. 

The two other passengers in the car, including the baby and dog, survived the shooting. 

Ivey said of the incident in a video posted to the Brevard County Sheriff's Department Facebook: 'This individual had absolutely no regard for human life and was focused on only one thing - killing our deputies to avoid arrest as he knew he was facing several minimum mandatory prison sentences in his pending cases'

Ivey said of the incident in a video posted to the Brevard County Sheriff's Department Facebook: 'This individual had absolutely no regard for human life and was focused on only one thing - killing our deputies to avoid arrest as he knew he was facing several minimum mandatory prison sentences in his pending cases'

Ivey identified Wilder as a career criminal with 40 previous arrests, including 23 felony arrests for charges including robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a weapon, battery of a law enforcement officer, attempted first-degree murder and multiple narcotics offenses.

Wilder was out on bond for two felony drug charges and two active felony warrants when the shooting happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ivey said of his death: 'For those out there who might be foolish enough to ask why we shot him so many times, that answer is simple - because evil can never be dead enough.'

'This individual had absolutely no regard for human life and was focused on only one thing - killing our deputies to avoid arrest,' he explained.

'The investigation is still active and ongoing at this time (and) once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the State Attorney for review,' the statement from the Sheriff's Office added. 

Shocking moment Florida deputy gets shot and beaten with butt of AR-15-style rifle by passenger who burst out of car during traffic stop before cop's partner saves his life by killing career criminal in shootout Shocking moment Florida deputy gets shot and beaten with butt of AR-15-style rifle by passenger who burst out of car during traffic stop before cop's partner saves his life by killing career criminal in shootout Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 11:13 Rating: 5

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