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FWC officer shot 6 times during traffic stop

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officer suffered three gunshot wounds while making a “routine” traffic stop on July 15 in Brevard County.

Officer Vann Streety, a 10-year FWC veteran, was reportedly patrolling for fishing and poaching violations on Satellite Boulevard – a remote dirt road northwest of Cocoa – when he stopped a Kia SUV containing Christopher A. Eddy, 23, of Rockledge, at 8 p.m.

A struggle ensued when Streety attempted to arrest Eddy on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for multiple traffic violations.

At some point, Eddy reportedly fired at least six shots, hitting Streety in the hand, arm and shoulder. The officer was wearing a bulletproof vest, which may have stopped several of the bullets, but he sustained gunshot wounds to his limbs and torso.

Deputies arrested Eddy’s 37-year-old girlfriend, Tammie Temple, the following night after a shrapnel bomb was found when police served a search warrant at her home in Melbourne.

Investigators said she was with Eddy at the time of the shooting and helped him escape. Eddy was arrested Friday evening (July 17) after he was found hiding in sand dunes on Melbourne Beach.

Just prior to being captured on Friday, Eddy tried to steal a car from an armed homeowner who chased him away from his home. Hours later, police said Eddy surrendered nearby at a makeshift camp among sand dunes on Melbourne Beach.

Moments after he was arrested, Eddy told television reporters, “If I wanted to kill him, I could have. I shot him in his vest on purpose.”

Eddy said he shot the officer during the routine traffic stop because, “I felt my freedom was being violated. It was just unjust the way they treated me. They pulled me over, gave me some traffic tickets and sent me right to the court.”

He was denied bond Saturday morning, July 18, after pleading not guilty to the charges.

“All I want is a peaceful life,” Eddy said. “I just want some freedom. I guess I’ll never get out of jail for this dumb (expletive).” Streety was born in Leon County where he graduated from Leon High School in 1984. He worked as a dispatcher for the FWC for several years before becoming an officer in 2001 after attending the first FWC Academy.

Streety has undergone surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

The 42-year-old officer is married and has three children.