Ocala Police detective seriously injured while battling career criminal

An Ocala Police detective was seriously injured Wednesday while trying to apprehend a man who was believed to be connected to a July 4 shooting.

Det. David Rodriguez was at the intersection of NW 20th Street and N Magnolia Avenue when he spotted a vehicle matching the description of the gray 2005-era Ford 500 that was believed to be involved in the Independence Day shooting on NW 28th Street. The car reportedly had driven past the site of the incident twice before the shooter approached on foot and opened fire, an Ocala Police report states.

Ocala Police Det. David Rodriguez, left, received three staples in his head after being head-butted Wednesday by 33-year-old Glenn Edward Davis Jr., who eventually was taken into custody inside a Family Dollar store and charged with a litany of crimes.

Rodriguez pulled in behind the vehicle, a 2008 Ford Taurus that has a similar body style to a Ford 500. He also advised that a black male with short hair matching the description of the shooting suspect was driving the vehicle, the report says.

The vehicle made an abrupt turn into a business at 2629 N Magnolia Ave. with Rodriguez following behind. The detective decided to conduct an investigatory stop on the vehicle to check for any evidence tying it to the shooting, such as bullet holes. And he wanted to make sure the driver wasn’t the shooting suspect being sought by the police department.

The vehicle’s driver, later identified as 33-year-old Glenn Edward Davis Jr., climbed from the car and asked, “What did I do, sir?” Rodriguez reported smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and before he could respond, Davis fled the scene on foot, the report says.

Davis ran toward a fence line on the property and Rodriguez quickly caught up with him. But as he grabbed Davis’ neck to turn him around, he began punching the detective in the ribs in an attempt to break free. Rodriguez attempted to take Davis to the ground, but he used his momentum to head-butt the detective, who then began to bleed profusely from the top of his head, the report says.

Rodriguez, suffering from blurred vision from the blood in his eyes and without a portable radio, utilized a neck restraint to pull Davis back to his patrol vehicle. He was able to call for help but lost his vision due to the blood in his eyes and temporarily let go of Davis to wipe his face. When he reached for him, Davis ducked and Rodriguez grabbed his shirt, which he then slipped out of and fled east from the parking lot, the report says.

Davis then jumped a fence in the 2600 block of NW 8th Avenue and cut through the yard of a residence. He entered a white van and appeared to be searching for a place to hide. And after being confronted by the homeowner, he entered the residence and tried to pay the man to let him stay in the house, stating that “he was in trouble,” the report says.

The homeowner told Davis to leave, which he eventually did. He was then spotted by two officers as he ran into the Family Dollar at 810 NW 28th St. and after trying to escape through the back door, was taken into custody inside the store, the report says.
Officers searching Davis’ vehicle found:

  • A Taurus PT24/7 semi-automatic .45-caliber handgun that was exposed on the front passenger seat and easily accessible;
  • 25 grams of methamphetamine (center console);
  • 18 grams of MDMA (50 Ecstasy pills and three grams of “Molly” in the driver’s door);
  • 11 Oxycodone pills (two grams in the driver’s door);
  • Two grams of heroin (driver’s door);
  • Seven grams of marijuana (center console); and
  • One Viagra pill (one gram in the front passenger seat).

A criminal history check revealed that Davis was a convicted felon. He also was wanted on several warrants, including felony drug and firearm charges, the report says.

Davis was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with armed trafficking of methamphetamine and MDMA; possession of Oxycodone, heroin, marijuana and Viagra; resisting an officer with violence; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; burglary of an occupied structure and a conveyance and driving while license suspended (eight offense).

Davis, who has been held in the jail 11 times since September 2004, also faces a litany of charges from warrants, including:

  • Felony domestic violence;
  • Violation of a domestic violence injunction;
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia/narcotic equipment;
  • Driving with license suspended or revoked (habitual);
  • Resisting arrest without violence;
  • Armed drug trafficking;
  • Trafficking heroin and methamphetamine; and
  • Possession of marijuana more than 20 grams, cocaine and synthetic cannabinoids more than 10 grams.

Davis was being held on no bond and is due to appear in a Marion County courtroom on Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. to answer to the 24 charges.

Rodriguez was transported to an Ocala hospital and received three staples on his head wound, which will result in permanent scarring. He is expected to make a full recovery and hopefully return to work next week.