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Feud leads to deputy-involved shooting in Hernando County

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A feud between a tenant and his landlord lead to a deputy-involved shooting in Hernando County.

James Palmer, 69, lived in a mobile home off California Street. Investigators say he became upset over actions taken by his landlord, and decided to take matters into his own hands.

"We got called here this morning a gentleman advised that he was going to set the residence on fire because he was being evicted, and he was not happy with that," said Denise Moloney with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Two deputies were sent to the mobile home to check on what was going on. When they arrived, there were flames coming from the structure.

That’s when officials say Palmer came out of the mobile home, and headed in their direction.

“He was extremely irate and aggressive,” Moloney said. “I am not sure what transpired there but the situation escalated and the deputies were forced to use deadly force."

It is not clear how many shots were fired by the deputies, but Hernando County investigators say they did find a gun near Palmer after he was shot.

The case is now in the hands of state investigators.

"FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] will take over the investigation as they always do, the deputies will be placed on administrative leave with pay and our internal affairs investigator will take a look at the case as well,” said Moloney.

Palmer was airlifted to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries.

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