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One Dead After Deputy-Involved Shooting in Brooksville

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Hernando deputies used a drone to fly into the home to help decide if it was safe to enter the home after the shooting.

BROOKSVILLE – A man is dead after he shot at deputies who were trying to serve him with legal papers, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.

The name of the dead man was not released.

The deputies who were involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the deputy-involved shooting investigation and will work closely with the State Attorney’s Office to determine if the use of force was justified.

The HCSO also investigates the incident internally to ensure agency policy and law enforcement best practices were followed.

Investigators said that, about 9:14 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 19), deputies went to a home on Peach Orchard Road in Brooksville to serve an Injunction for Protection.

Deputies were met with resistance. The man barricaded himself inside the home and refused to open the door.

Deputies said they established and maintained a dialogue with him to try to get him to open the door but he refused.

At about 12:46 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 20), while he was still inside the residence, the man fired shots at the deputies who were still outside. Deputies returned fire and retreated to safer positions.

The SWAT and Crisis Response teams, along with a drone pilot, were called to the scene.

Upon arrival, the drone pilot deployed a drone into the structure. Once inside, the drone pilot saw the man slumped over in a chair.

Deputies then entered the home and found the man was deceased.

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