Santa Rosa deputies arrested a man in Milton Thursday, who is accused of trying to run over officers in an alleged suicide attempt.
Text messages sent Oct. 8 by Pace resident Daniel Paul Sunday, 33, led officers to believe he might be a danger. According to the arrest report, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office issued a “be on the look out” for Sunday after his wife showed officers text messages. The messages threatened “suicide by cop” and that he was “actively driving around looking for someone to shoot him.”
Officers were also advised Sunday was armed with a .9 mm handgun, driving a rusted white van and headed to a birthday party on Bent Tree Road.
Three uniformed deputies responding to the address spotted the van and approached on foot. The van, driven by Sunday, allegedly accelerated toward the officers, causing them to flee from the roadway. One officer fired seven shots, and another fired one.
The vehicle was struck by bullets, but the suspect was not. According to their statements, the van swerved to hit a bush that officers had taken shelter behind. The van then drove into a field a short distance away and crashed. Sunday fled on foot into the woods.
Around 11 p.m., Sunday came back out of the woods on foot, allegedly saying “shoot me” repeatedly. As he was detained by deputies, he said something to the effect of “who shot at me, they need to go back to school because they suck.”
Sunday is charged with felony assault on an officer. He was transported to Santa Rosa County Jail.