- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida deputy’s life was in jeopardy when he shot and killed an unarmed man who attacked and bit him, a sheriff said.

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Deputy John Stubbs was justified in shooting Carlos Garcia Petrovich on Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2qO9Tpu) reported.

“The deputy thought his life was in peril,” Gibson said. “He was alone and called for backup. . He did what he had to do to end that threat on his life.”

Stubbs originally stopped Petrovich on suspicion of drunken driving late Saturday night, but the police report says Petrovich fled the scene. Stubbs then spotted Petrovich at a nearby Pilot gas station early Sunday morning and attempted to arrest him.

The report says Petrovich took off running and Stubbs gave chase on foot around the gas station while calling for backup. Once Stubbs caught up with Petrovich, the suspect attacked and bit him, according to the report. That’s when Stubbs shot and killed Petrovich, Gibson said.

Stubbs was treated at a local hospital for superficial injuries.

Gibson declined to tell the Sentinel whether Stubbs was carrying either a stun gun or baton. Gibson said his department does not have body cameras and Stubbs did not have a dash camera to record the altercation.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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