Chief: Officers shoot, injure man who pointed rifle at them

An officer-involved shooting is investigated in Daytona Beach.
An officer-involved shooting is investigated in Daytona Beach.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Police officers shot and injured a man who pointed a rifle at them after attempting to carjack a woman who was waiting for a fast food restaurant in Daytona Beach to open on Monday morning, authorities said.

The woman was waiting outside a Popeyes restaurant around 8 a.m. when the man approached her, Daytona Beach police Chief Chief Craig Capri told WKMG.

The woman was able to get away and call police, Capri said.

The man, who was carrying a rifle, then walked toward a nearby Walgreens and WaWa gas station, the chief said. Arriving officers asked the man to drop the gun, but he pointed it at them. The officers opened fire, striking the man, Capri said.

“When you point a gun at officers, expect to get shot,” Capri said.

The gunman was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover, he said.

The officers and the woman were not injured.

Additional details, including the man's name and the names of the officers who were involved in the shooting, were not immediately available.

The officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting, Capri told news outlets.