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Man found guilty of fleeing to elude law enforcement and other charges

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BROOKSVILLE - A jury found Kyle Chunn guilty on five charges on Tuesday that included fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Chunn, 23, is accused of firing multiple shots at two men outside the Brookhaven Apartments in May, and is facing attempted murder charges in a trial set for June.

The trial this week focused on what happened after Chunn allegedly fired the shots. According to Assistant State Attorney Rob Lewis, who tried the case, Chunn fled south on U.S. 41 after the shooting. Brooksville Police issued a "be on the lookout" for the vehicle Chunn was driving, reported stolen out of Citrus County, and two members of the Hernando County sheriff's office saw the car pull into the 7-Eleven on Powell Road. Chunn backed into a space at the convenience store, Lewis said, but took off after seeing the patrol cars.

"Chunn ends up heading south on U.S. 41 in the northbound lane," Lewis said, driving between 80 and 90 mph before pulling into the airport property.

Chunn drove through two chain link fences, gaining access into the airport, and drove toward a third deputy who joined the pursuit and was laying down stop sticks.

With the vehicle disabled, Chunn fled on foot, hopped a fence to the Southwest Florida Water Management District property, stole another car and fled, Lewis said.

A woman with Chunn throughout the ordeal, Lacie Swan, was taken into custody at the scene. She was later sentenced to house arrest on reduced charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and has since violated the terms. Swan agreed to testify against Chunn, but was not called to do so during this week's trial.

Chunn was found about nine days after the incidents hiding out in an apartment in Belleview.

In a pretrial last week, Chunn rejected a 20 year plea offer from the state for the charges of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, grand theft statutory property, driving with a suspended or revoked license and resisting arrest without violence.

He will be sentenced on the charges on May 22, Lewis said, and has been designated as a prison releasee reoffender, habitual violent felony offender and violent career criminal. He could face up to 30 to 40 years, Lewis said.

Chunn is already serving a life plus 15 year sentence for a firearm charge out of Citrus County.

Lewis said he will likely make an offer with Chunn to resolve the murder case before going to trial.

wbiddlecombe@hernandotoday.com

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