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Daytona Police arrest man after alleged shooting at bar, pursuit Thursday

Daytona Beach Police cruiser in file photo.
Daytona Beach Police cruiser in file photo.Mike Royer

A Umatilla man was arrested by Daytona Beach Police early Thursday morning after he allegedly shot at a local bar from his vehicle, and then fled from police. Daytona Beach Police say a Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy “…heard a loud explosion then an alarm coming from the Shark Lounge…” near the east end of International Speedway Boulevard, shortly before 2 Thursday morning. Witnesses told investigating police officers they were standing outside the bar when they heard a red Ford Explorer squealing tires. One witness also said she saw “…a large gun coming from the driver’s window and heard a loud bang.” None of the bystanders were hurt, but they showed police an area where they said a bullet had hit just below the Shark Lounge sign.

Lounge employees told police that 48-year old Krishna Swamy had been served a beer, and appeared to be upset as he left the VIP area. One employee also said Swamy “…flung his beer at [an employee]…” when he was advised he could not leave the bar with the beverage. The employee said she heard a gunshot after Swamy left the bar, and saw Swamy driving a red Ford Explorer away from the area when she looked outside.

Early morning pursuit in Holly Hill and Daytona

Two Daytona Beach Police Officers saw Swamy’s red Explorer at West International Speedway Boulevard and Palmetto Avenue, in the downtown area, and pursued the vehicle with their emergency lights and sirens active. Police say the Explorer continued west, but made a U-turn due to a train at the ISB railroad crossing, and headed north on Ridgewood Avenue. At North Ridgewood Avenue and Second Street in Holly Hill, police say the vehicle made another U-turn and “…lost control, and appeared to crash into 2 vehicles parked at a used car lot.” The two officers made a defensive approach to the vehicle, but the driver “…placed his vehicle in reverse and continued to flee from officers southbound on Ridgewood Avenue.”

At Ridgewood Avenue and Bay Street, about a block north of International Speedway Boulevard, police say they used stop sticks and flattened both tires on the driver’s side of the vehicle. However, officers report that the driver of the vehicle continued to International Speedway Boulevard and turned west onto ISB. Police say he then continued westbound to the Longhorn Steakhouse in the 2500 block, where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. Daytona Beach Police “…immediately pulled [Swamy] out of the vehicle and placed him under arrest.” Swamy was also transported to Halifax Hospital for minor injuries. Police say they found two shotguns and one rifle in the vehicle, along with four rounds.

Daytona Beach Police Detectives interviewed Swamy and processed the crime scene. Swamy was charged with five felonies, including Discharge of a Firearm from a Vehicle, Use/Throwing of a Destructive Device causing Bodily Harm/Property Damage, two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and one count of Fleeing/Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement Officers with Lights/Sirens Active.

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