COCOA, Fla. — A search is underway for the driver who hit a Brevard County Deputy and left the scene.

The deputy spotted a car that matched a stolen vehicle description in the Save-a-Lot Foods parking lot in Cocoa on Dixon Boulevard Friday.

When he approached the car, investigators say he opened fire to defend himself because the driver was heading right toward him.

The manager at the Super Tax nearby told Spectrum News she heard it all happen. 

She says this is so unusual for the area, it’s what made it so shocking. 

“I just heard bang bang bang, like three shots and when I came up front I just saw a cop just standing there with a gun," Saianta Saintelus said. "But I didn't even pop my head up soon because it was so loud. I thought bullets were going to come in here that's how loud it was.”

The deputy was taken to the hospital for treatment and is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

Investigators are still searching for a black four-door Volkswagen sedan involved.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

(Courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff's Office)
(Courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff's Office)