Manhunt ends: Man accused of shooting Eustis police captain dies in gun battle

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EUSTIS, Fla. – A man accused of shooting a Eustis police captain was killed in a gun battle with deputies, bringing a manhunt that lasted more than six hours to an end, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Peyton Grinnell said that during the search for Jayson Colvin, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot spotted the fugitive, still armed with a handgun, hiding under a canoe near a lake in Umatilla Thursday evening.

Colvin ran into a wooded area as authorities approached him, making it impossible for deputies to see him.

“Literally, the pilot was having to give my SWAT team element play-by-play up to the point that they were 7 to 10 yards in front of him and they still couldn’t see him,” Grinnell said.

The pilot led deputies to Colvin’s location but the suspect refused to follow their commands.