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Officials: Wanted felon shot in Okeechobee County after pulling pistol on officers

Suspect in serious but stable condition
Okeechobee County deputy-involved shooting scene
Posted at 3:22 PM, May 12, 2020

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — A wanted felon was shot in Okeechobee County after authorities said he pulled a gun on authorities who were trying to take him into custody.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred Tuesday at 2:17 p.m. when a traffic stop was attempted at the 3900 block of NW 36 St. on a white Ford Focus.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Michelle Bell said law enforcement was trying to apprehend a wanted felon, John David Brighton, 25, who had a judge’s order revoking his pre-trial release.

Bell said the Focus did not pull over immediately and the car kept moving, traveling about two blocks.

As detectives approached the vehicle on each side of the car, the sheriff's office said Brighton exited the passenger side of the vehicle and raised a pistol in the direction of the detectives.

Bell said Brighton then started running while still pointing his weapon at the officers. One of the officers drew his weapon and fired at the suspect, striking him twice.

Brighton was transported to Lawnwood Regional Hospital in Fort Pierce in serious but stable condition and scheduled to have surgery for his wounds.

No officers were injured in the incident. The sheriff's office said one detective has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

Bell said this is an ongoing investigation.