Citrus Co. Sheriff’s Office deputy involved in deadly shooting of armed suspect

Citrus County

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Chris Herlihy was at a gas station near his home Friday morning when a man he recognized as a regular customer showed up.

Herlihy says the man seemed agitated.

“This guy came walking over there, I was standing in front of the store, with a knife in his hand saying he was going to kill everybody and I stood up to him,” he said.

He tried to tell the man to calm down, but Herlihy says the man threatened to kill everyone.

“He was going to go into the store and kill people in the store. That’s what he was saying. I said, ‘you better knock it off.’ I yelled at him and then he came at me,” he said.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office says multiple people called 911.

Herlihy says when a deputy arrived on scene, the man went at the deputy with his knife.

“He kept going after the cop with the knife and the cop asked him a hundred times, a million times, drop the weapon, drop the weapon, drop the weapon and then everything, and then I heard pops,” he said.

Across the street, Carletta Name heard the gunshots too.

“I was sitting and watching TV and I heard three, what sounded like gunshots,” she said.

Incredibly, she says, even after he shot the suspect, the deputy tried to save the man’s life.

“Gradually more and more cops started showing up and I saw what was going on and I saw the cop giving him CPR and I felt bad then,” she said.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect died at the scene.

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast says he’s thankful his deputy was not injured.

“The most important takeaway is that our deputy is safe, our deputy is uninjured and our deputy will be going home to the family this evening,” Prendergast said.

The suspect has not been identified as the sheriff’s office is working to notify his family of what happened.

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