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Wounded FWC Officer in Stable Condition and Good Spirits

vann streety 200.gifA Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officer, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds while patrolling in Brevard County Wednesday, is in stable condition and good spirits, according to FWC spokeswoman Carol Pratt.

Officer Vann Streety, a 10-year FWC veteran, was shot near the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and State Road 520 in Brevard County.

After Streety stopped Christopher A. Eddy (DOB 05/13/86), of 1214 Applecreek Lane in Rockledge, the officer attempted to arrest Eddy on warrants issued from Brevard County for multiple traffic violations. A struggle ensued during which Streety was shot many times.

Though Streety was wearing a bulletproof vest, he sustained gunshot wounds to his limbs and torso. Streety’s injuries are not life threatening.

The FWC, the Brevard County Sheriff’’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service are searching for Eddy.

Streety remains hospitalized at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne where he underwent surgery Thursday.

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.

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

His father, Vann “Gene,” and stepmother live in Crawfordville. His mother, Ethel Donaldson-Mast, and stepfather live in Palatka. He has three sisters and one brother.

Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Eddy is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-800-423-TIPPS (8477).

This information originally published on July 19, 2009.

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