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A 60-year-old Army veteran in Florida was shot and killed on Veterans Day after he apparently stopped to help a stranger who was having car trouble, authorities said.
Detectives believe Carlos Cruz Echevarria — who went by Carlos Cruz — was fatally shot Saturday near his home in Deltona, Fla. after he approached a suspect who was trying to get a car freed from a ditch, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Cruz appears to have offered to help the suspect by bringing over his truck to pull the car out. Authorities said the suspect then shot Cruz to death, stole the veteran’s truck and fled, The Mayven/Blue Lives Matter reports.
Cruz was found dead in the ditch near the car, which authorities later determined to be stolen, just before 8 p.m. Authorities offered a $10,000 reward for help finding the suspect.
“We owe it to Mr. Cruz and his family to find the ruthless, cold-blooded killer or killers who took his life,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a statement Monday. “It takes a special kind of evil to gun down a stranger who is only trying to help you. And anyone who knows something and stays silent is complicit in this heinous act.”
Authorities said they believe Cruz was outside when he heard the car crash into the ditch, and that he went to see what happened.
After he discovered the vehicle was stuck, investigators said Cruz returned with his truck in order to pull the car back onto the roadway.
Sheriff Chitwood said Cruz was then shot, and his truck was stolen.
Just hours later, his torched pickup was found near Orlando.
“By all accounts this was a Good Samaritan that was killed while trying to help someone,” Sheriff Chitwood said.
Cruz was married for 34 years, the sheriff’s office said. His brother-in-law, Edgar Burgos, said Cruz was always generous and helpful to anyone in need.
“If you needed something and he had it, he would give it to you,” Burgos said in a statement. “Knowing him, I bet he went over there to see if they needed help.”
“He died on Veterans Day, helping somebody out,” Burgos told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “It’s tragic.”
VCSO DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING DEATH IN DELTONA
November 11, 2017 11:14 pm
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations
11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 update: The victim in this case is Carlos Cruz Echevarria, 60, of Deltona. Detectives are continuing to work this case and no additional information is available for release at this point in the investigation.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a male victim found beside a vehicle Saturday evening in Deltona.
Deputies responded to the intersection of Malaga Avenue and Puritan Street in Deltona just before 8 p.m. Saturday after a caller reported a car was stuck in a ditch and a man was lying on the ground behind it.
It was soon discovered the victim had a gunshot wound and no pulse. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Sheriff’s detectives are actively investigating this case and no further information is being released at this point in the investigation. The victim’s identity is not being released pending positive identification and notification of his family. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.
“We owe it to Mr. Cruz and his family to find the ruthless, cold-blooded killer or killers who took his life,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Monday after authorizing the $10,000 reward. “It takes a special kind of evil to gun down a stranger who is only trying to help you. And anyone who knows something and stays silent is complicit in this heinous act.”
Anyone with information is urged to call it in. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS, on the web at westopcrime dot com or via the app available for download at the website. Or call 386-248-1777 to reach the VCSO Communications Center and speak to a dispatcher.
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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