Barricaded man shot and killed after standoff in Spring Hill

Hernando County

SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) – A barricaded man was shot and killed by deputies after an hours-long standoff in Spring Hill on Wednesday morning, according to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

Around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to the area of Embassy Avenue and Tarrytown Drive to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Nienhuis said one person was injured, but they refused medical treatment.

Shortly after their arrival, the suspect, James Collins, 61, barricaded himself inside the home, Nienhuis said, and was being “irate” and “irrational.”

After about 12 hours of negotiations, Nienhuis said Collins went outside with a rifle and allegedly pointed the weapon at deputies.

Nienhuis said a deputy saw the gun pointed at their direction and fired a single shot, striking and killing Collins.

The deputy was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.

Nienhuis said deputies located a stash of ammunition and several weapons inside the home along with gas masks and what appears to be body armor.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.

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