TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Titusville police officers are searching for an armed hit-and-run suspect who fled the scene of a crash with a rifle Monday afternoon.

  • Police: Hit-and-run suspect flees crash scene with a rifle
  • Authorities say the man ran toward a Cumberland Farms store
  • Anyone with info encouraged to call police at 321-264-7800

The initial crash occurred at 3 p.m. at Broad Street and Washington Avenue, and within minutes, another crash occurred at Washington Avenue and Garden Street.

According to authorities, the suspect was driving a white Mercury Marquis and ran from the scene of the Washington and Garden crash toward a Cumberland Farms convenience store, also taking a rifle from the vehicle with him before he fled.

Titusville Police Department officers had search dogs and K-9s canvassing the area, along with a chopper. 

"We did not locate him; however, at this time, we do believe that the threat to the community has reduced and is minimal," said Lt. Hamann, a Titusville Police spokesperson.

Police said they’re still looking for this man and want to know what he was doing with that rifle, but officials don’t believe he’s still an active threat.

“If he were an active danger to the community, we would be getting calls about a man with a rifle or shots being fired… so because he’s not actively hurting people we’ve modified our approach at this time," Hamann said.

They also said the suspect had body armor that was discovered in the Mercury Marquis.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Titusville Police at 321-264-7800 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.