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SUSPECT HIT BY 68 BULLETS; And that's only because we ran out of ammo say cops.

Byline: By Steven Ventura

POLICE blasted off 110 rounds of ammunition at a murder suspect - and only stopped shooting when they ran out of bullets.

Angilo Freeland died instantly after he was hit 68 times.

He had been hunted down on suspicion of killing a sheriff deputy and wounding another.

Grady Judd, county sheriff in Polk, Florida, said: "Quite frankly, we weren't taking any chances.

"I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that's all the ammunition they had."

Authorities say Freeland, 27, shot and killed deputy Vernon Williams, 39, on Thursday after he pulled him over for speeding.

He also killed Mr Williams's German shepherd and wounded deputy Doug Speirs, 39.

A massive hunt, involving 500 police officers, was mounted to find the killer.

Schools were ordered to lock their doors and families warned to stay inside their homes as armed police scoured the woods.

A team of 10 SWAT officers caught up with Freeland 24 hours later.

They surrounded him as he cowered in thick undergrowth beneath a fallen tree.

Police chiefs say that when he was confronted, Freeland raised the gun which he had stolen from the deputy he killed. The officers fired immediately.

Judd added: "You have to understand, he had already shot and killed a deputy, he had already shot and killed a police dog and he shot and injured another deputy.

"We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back."

The SWAT officers have been on paid leave since Friday, which is standard procedure in all shootings.

They are also receiving counselling.

Post-mortem results released yesterday showed Deputy Williams had been shot eight times.

The injured deputy was shot once in the leg and the dog was blasted through the chest.

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Date:Oct 2, 2006
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