Statement from Sheriff Mike Chitwood:
Today, The West Volusia Beacon published a story with this headline:
‘I fit a description’: Deltona man detained while jogging
I don’t know about you, but to me, the implication in the tone of this article is that our deputies did something wrong here.
So I want to take a moment to stand up and recognize the great work of every deputy involved in this call. Not only were they respectful to Mr. Griffin – they held his phone for him so he could stay on video on Facebook Live.
There are about 18 minutes of video here if you want to see it.
Witness descriptions are never perfect, and these deputies did an outstanding job given the limited information they had about a call in progress.
AND they arrested the suspect actually responsible for the burglary.
Likewise, Mr. Griffin was calm and cooperative even though he had reason to be frustrated with the inconvenience.
To each and every deputy who was involved in this response, I am extremely proud of your hard work and dedication. This is exactly the kind of effort that has allowed us to cut down the crime rate in Deltona.
To Mr. Griffin, I appreciate your cooperation with these deputies, and I’d like to invite you on a ride-along sometime in the future.
To some of the harsher critics who have been second-guessing and criticizing these deputies on social media, I think you need to put yourselves in these deputies’ shoes. I don’t think just anyone can fill them.
Great job, Deltona deputies. Stay safe and keep up the great work.