CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Shots were fired after deputies and Citrus County Fire Rescue after they responded to a home in Floral City, according to the sheriff’s office.
At 12:45 p.m., deputies and fire crews were called to a home on East Trails End Road for a well-being check on a man who was acting “erratically.”
Deputies said the man was armed and had multiple gas cans that he used to pour gasoline all over the home and yard.
When fire crews attempted to talk to the man, he began lighting the gas on fire, setting the home on fire as well.
Then the man fired shots at deputies, who fired back. All officials who responded are safe.
There is no threat to the public, but community members are asked to avoid the area.
“The suspect in this incident posed a significant threat to our entire community today,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “I am extremely thankful our deputies are able to go home at the end of their shift due to their courageous quick actions and their selfless dedication to public safety.”
Since the incident was a deputy-involved shooting, FDLE will be investigating.