Officers respond to car crash only to determine it was murder. Here's what happened.

man stabbed to death outside convenience store another man charged with murder
Source: Source: Volusia County Division of Corrections, Mega

Mar. 30 2021, Updated 11:37 a.m. ET

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Police in DeLand, Florida, were called to the scene of a car crash, but officers say it quickly turned into a murder investigation.

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The DeLand Police Department arrived at the intersection of a car crash to find the driver, 39-year-old Terrill Zimmerman, from what they thought to be multiple gunshot wounds, according to police.

Police and medical personnel arrived on the scene of the car crash and attempted life-saving measures on Zimmerman, but he was pronounced dead before arriving at a nearby hospital, authorities said.

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Police interviewed witnesses in the area and detectives determined Zimmerman was stabbed several times outside a convenience store, police said. Authorities received multiple leads during their interviews identified a suspect, Mack Smith Jr., 60.

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Officers learned more information from the public and it led the detectives to a nearby home where Smith had fled following the stabbing, authorities said. However, Smith was not there when the police arrived.

Police obtained warrants and after searching the residence, they discovered several pieces of evidence believed to be related to Zimmerman's homicide, police said.

The information obtained by the detectives in their investigation was sent out to law enforcement in the area and they located Smith and took him into custody, authorities said.

Smith was charged with second-degree murder, police said. He is being held in jail without bond.


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