Sgt. Thomas Dane of the Volusia County (FL) Sheriff's Office was wearing this hat when he was shot with a .32 caliber handgun Thursday. The bullet punctured his K-9 baseball cap in two places and cut through his scalp. Sheriff Mike Chitwood says Dane escaped death by a millimeter. (Photo: Volusia County SO)
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Sgt. Thomas Dane of the Volusia County (FL) Sheriff's Office was wearing this hat when he was shot with a .32 caliber handgun Thursday. The bullet punctured his K-9 baseball cap in two places and cut through his scalp. Sheriff Mike Chitwood says Dane escaped death by a millimeter. (Photo: Volusia County SO)

Volusia County, FL, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has never felt luckier during his 32-year law enforcement career than he did Thursday afternoon.

He wasn’t going to have to tell a young girl that her father had been killed in the line of duty.

“A millimeter lower and Sgt. Dane is dead,” Chitwood told the media a few hours after the shooting during a news conference less than 100 yards from where the face-off took place on State Road 44.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Dane, 54, had a round from a .32-caliber handgun graze his skull. The bullet punctured his K-9 baseball cap in two places and cut through his scalp, but Dane was not seriously injured, Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The shooter, a carjacking suspect who led deputies on a pursuit from Deltona to the Volusia County Fairgrounds outside DeLand, died at the hospital from his bullet wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was identified late Thursday as 30-year-old Phillip Thomas Marsh of Lake Helen.

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