Pursuit through two counties ends with suspect firing weapon at deputies

On December 13, 2018, at approximately 9:14 am, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received a call in48355036_1997458016976657_4435049617159094272_n reference to a shooting in the parking lot of the Quality Inn, located at 350 E Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, FL. Upon arrival, deputies located a white, older male laying on the ground. Emergency Medical Services were dispatched; however, deputies pronounced the victim deceased. Witnesses at the scene told deputies that the suspect fled from the scene in a vehicle, described as a black Mercedes Benz SUV, which was subsequently spotted by another CCSO Patrol Unit. A traffic stop was attempted on the suspect vehicle on Hwy 44, as it approached the Sumter County line. Once in Sumter County, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit of the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle evaded the deployment of tire deflation devices at several locations in Sumter County. The vehicle began to travel south on Interstate 75, where it had eventually lost control and crashed. As law enforcement began to approach the vehicle, the suspect fired upon the officers, where law enforcement returned fire. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. At this time, we are not releasing any additional information due to our active, criminal investigation and pending death notifications. We will continue to provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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