Two wanted for attempted first-degree murder; public asked to help locate suspects

(DeLand, FL) - Police are seeking the public's help in locating two suspects wanted for attempted first-degree murder.

Detectives were able to secure warrants for the arrests of Day-Mont Ward and Stephen Bruten, both 18 and of DeLand.

The warrants stem from a shooting in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood on January 23. Detectives believe Ward and Bruten were accompanied by two other people, who have yet to be identified, when they shot at Dexter Chambers, who suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the arm. 

More charges could be filed in this case.

Ward and Bruten were identified through the investigation thanks in part to the cooperation from members of the community.

So far, police have attempted to locate Ward and Bruten but have been unsuccessful.

We are asking anyone who has information on their whereabouts to contact Detective Anthony Bota at 386-626-7422 or by email at or submit an anonymous tip on our website

Media briefing with Police Chief Jason Umberger