Press release from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
On December 2, 2021, around 11:45 a.m., deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol in a pursuit that started on I-75 in Columbia County and traveled into Alachua County. During the pursuit, law enforcement executed the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) and deployed stop sticks, which eventually rendered the vehicle immobile on I-75 at the 406 mile marker. The driver then fled from the stopped vehicle and deputies engaged in a foot pursuit, hearing what sounded like a gunshot during the foot pursuit. A perimeter was established to contain the suspect, with mutual aid resources from many agencies assisting in a search. Just after 4 p.m., the suspect, identified as Marandoe Acell Lamar Young, 21, was apprehended by K-9 Micco.
Investigation revealed that Mr. Young was in possession of a significant amount of cannabis and a firearm, which he discharged during the foot pursuit. Mr. Young will be charged with Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Distribute, and three counts of Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer. Additional charges may be added as the investigation continues. Mr. Young will be treated for injuries sustained during the K-9 apprehension before being taken to the Alachua County Jail.