Citrus County deputies shoot, kill man who fired at them

Published May 14 2014
Updated May 18 2014

CITRUS SPRINGS — Citrus County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man late Tuesday night in Citrus Springs after he fired a gun at a group of deputies who had responded to a domestic violence call, according to officials.

The dead man was identified as David James Barclay, 41, of Dunnellon. Barclay went to the home of his estranged wife, Amanda Barclay, 34, about 9:50 p.m. in the 6400 block of Clayton Avenue, deputies said. He forced his way inside to see their 3-year-old son, sheriff's officials said.

As the couple spoke, Amanda Barclay's female roommate managed to slip out a window with her young son, then called for help, deputies said.

A sheriff's SWAT team arrived and surrounded the home. But before they could attempt a negotiation, David Barclay came outside and fired a gun at deputies, officials said. They returned fire, killing him.

Four deputies who fired shots were placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.