Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Public safety

Hernando sheriff: Fugitive shot, killed after firing at officers

MASARYKTOWN — A fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges was shot and killed Wednesday after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers, Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.

The incident took place at 4:50 p.m. A team of Hernando sheriff's detectives and deputy U.S. marshals tried to pull over a car that was driving along Trillium Boulevard at the entrance to the Trillium subdivision, north of County Line Road.

An unidentified person faced outstanding charges of sexual battery on a child, according to the Sheriff's Office. The jurisdiction that issued that arrest warrant was not identified.

The fugitive fired at least one shot at the officers "and of course, deputies and marshals returned fire," the sheriff said in a video posted to Facebook.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a review team from the U.S. Marshals Service are investigating the shooting. No other details about the incident were released.

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