BROOKSVILLE - A statewide manhunt is underway for an attempted murder suspect authorities believe to be armed and dangerous.
Citrus County deputies say Kyle Lee Chunn, 22, was last spotted there on Tuesday. They believe he has contacts in Belleview, Florida.
According to Brooksville Police Chief George Turner, Chunn and his girlfriend, Lacie Nicole Swan, 19, drove to an apartment complex off Crystal Brooks Circle in a stolen car and approached two men standing outside. It is believe the couple asked the two men for gas money. When denied the money, Chief Turner told ABC Action News Chunn opened fire on the men.
"We recovered five to six rounds," said Chief Turner.
Chief Turner said the men ducked behind a car. The car was riddled with bullets but the men were not hurt.
"Thank God my daughter wasn't in there," said Jessica Tyler, the car's owner.
Then, Chunn and his girlfriend allegedly took off in the car their accused of stealing two days prior and fled to Citrus County. Once in Citrus, deputies there say the couple was pulled over. Chunn ended up fleeing on foot from the scene. Deputies said before running off, Chunn assaulted a law enforcement officer. He did leave behind a gun in the car, deputies said.
Swan was arrested at the scene and is now facing two principal to attempted murder charges.
Chief Turner called Chunn 'a young career' criminal who apparently vowed to kill a law enforcement officer if he was to be arrested again.
"It is a concern," said Chief Turner.
Chunn was released from prison back in February after serving three years for armed robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
"He says that he knows he is going back to prison. His idea is to kill a law enforcement officer prior to returning so that his stakes would be higher. Obviously, we are very concerned," Chief Turner explained.
Swan has been questioned about her boyfriend's whereabouts.
Swan has previous arrests for theft. She also pleaded no contest in 2011 to felony battery and was arrested earlier this year on other battery charges.
"These are pretty serious character," Chief Turner said.
Swan is being held without bond in the Hernando County Detention Center.
Meanwhile, Tyler is left to repair her car. The damage is estimated at $2,000. She does have insurance but says she still has a deductible and her premium will go up even though this was not her fault.
"I hate that this guy is still out there because he could do it again," Tyler said.
If you have any information on Chunn you are urged to call police. Authorities said he should not be approached. Call the Citrus Emergency 911 or call Crime Stoppers of Citrus County at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.