Suspect dead after shootout involving deputy in Hernando County home

Hernando County

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is currently on the scene of a deputy-involved shooting in Spring Hill.

Deputies say around 2:30 p.m. Saturday they received a call from someone saying a family member had a gun and was threatening family members with it. They then told the 911 operator that the suspect was firing the gun inside the home.

During a press conference, Hernando County Sheriff Al Neinhuis said one of their deputies was across the road and was able to get to the scene four minutes later. When the deputy arrived, he could hear shots being fired and was then being fired upon through a window of the house located on the 5000 block of Golf Club Lane in the Silverthorn Country Club subdivision.

The deputy took cover in a neighbor’s garage and began firing back at the suspect, deputies say. The suspect exited the house through the front door and continued firing at the deputy, Neinhuis said.

After several minutes of exchanging gunfire, the deputy on scene told dispatch that he believed the suspect was “down,” according to deputies. The suspect, a male in his mid-20s, died on scene.

Neinhuis said the deputy will be interviewed later and will be placed on administrative leave with pay.

Deputies say with the information gathered so far, the incident was a family-related dispute which started out as a typical argument before shots were eventually fired. At least one person inside the home, not the caller, was shot several times. The family member shot, a male, was flown to a local trauma center for their injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.

“I’ve lived here 20 years and we don’t hear gunshots like that in here. We just don’t,” says Chuck Whitaker who lives in the Silverthorn community. He heard the gunshots from his home.

According to Neinhuis, the deputy who initially responded to the shooting was not hit by gunfire but was slightly injured while trying to take cover.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the State Attorney’s Office as well as the Medical Examiner’s Office are also on scene.

Please check back for the latest updates on this story.

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