DeLand Police Officer James Harris was fired from his job after he accidentally ran over Marlon Robert Brown as he was fleeing from officers. FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes says 38-year old Marlon Robert Brown “failed to stop” for a Volusia County deputy who attempted to pull him over for a seat belt violation on Green Avenue at Parsons Avenue at 12:36 Monday morning.
The Volusia County deputy then backed off and radioed dispatch to alert officers in DeLand that the driver was in their area. Marlon Brown fled from his car on foot after officers tried to pull him over. As officers were pursuing Brown, he slipped and fell in front of the officer’s patrol car, causing the officer to run over him. Brown led multiple officers on a chase, however it was Officer James Harris that went around other officers, running Brown over with his patrol car. Officer Harris was fired for violating department policy involving a pursuit, according to officials. Marlon Brown was a known felon in the area..
The city of DeLand recently agreed to pay $550,000 to Brown’s family to avoid litigation related to the crash.
It admitted no wrongdoing in that agreement.