CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – One person is dead and four others were rescued after Citrus County deputies negotiated with an armed man who barricaded inside of a Hernando home.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in around 4 p.m. Saturday for reports of an armed suspect barricaded inside of a home with shots fired near the intersection of US Highway 41 and Van Ness Road.
CCSO deputies, the CCSO Crisis Negotiation Team and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team arrived to the scene. Members of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office also came to assist during the incident.
According to the sheriff’s office, members of the CCSO SWAT team and SCSO SWAT team were able to safely remove four victims from an adjacent home.
Deputies say witnesses told detectives that the suspect, 62-year-old William Poole, got into a verbal altercation with his father-in-law, 80-year-old William White. After the altercation, Poole pulled a firearm from his pocket and shot and killed White.
Poole then continued to fire at deputies and neighboring homes until deputies convinced Poole an hour later to put his weapon down and surrender, according to CCSO.
“Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office specialty teams undergo extensive training year-round to ensure they are prepared for incidents such as this one,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “The tireless efforts of our patrol deputies, the SWAT team, the Crisis Negotiation Team, and our partners at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office saved the life of four innocent people today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim. Our detectives will continue to work diligently to bring them justice.”
After Poole was taken into custody by SWAT team members, detectives interviewed and later arrested him.
Poole is being charged with second-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Poole’s bond has been set at $255,000.
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