MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Around 3:00 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2020, a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was notified of a shooting that had just occurred in downtown Ocala. As the suspect vehicle exited a parking garage the Trooper commanded the driver to exit his vehicle. The driver ignored the Trooper’s directions and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The Trooper began a pursuit of the vehicle described as a silver-colored Nissan sedan. During the pursuit, a passenger of the fleeing vehicle shot multiple times at the Trooper and his patrol car. The Trooper lost contact with the vehicle and was struck or injured during this encounter.
A traffic stop on November 20, 2020, at 2:31 a.m., by a Gainesville Police Officer in east Alachua County resulted in the arrest of David Le-Otis James, DOB 08/06/85 of Starke. James was identified as the driver of the 2020 Nissan, involved in the earlier shooting incident in Marion County. James was booked into the Alachua County Jail, on an outstanding warrant issued in Marion County.
In addition to charges filed by Ocala Police Department, FHP Investigators have added charges of Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding and Principle to Attempted Murder against David James. Information about the identity and location of the passenger involved is still on-going.