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Review clears Hernando deputy in fatal shooting

BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando deputy who shot and killed a Spring Hill man who refused officers' orders and reached for a handgun in his jacket during a confrontation in October will not be charged in the incident.

A review found that Deputy Lance Origon was justified in fatally shooting Luis Guillen, according to a memo from Assistant State Attorney Richard Ridgway.

"It is apparent that Deputy Origon's actions were reasonable, and therefore lawful," Ridgway wrote in a letter dated Dec. 15.

Ridgway's review wraps up an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the fatal shooting.

Sgt. Donna Black, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, declined to comment Tuesday about the results of the review. The shooting will now be reviewed by the agency's internal affairs department.

Origon, who is in good standing with the department, was initially placed on paid administrative leave and then light duty at the agency's main office while the shooting was investigated. Origon has been with the department since August 2002.

According to Ridgway's review, Guillen's friends said Guillen was behaving erratically before officers were called to their Spring Hill home in the early morning hours of Oct. 20. Guillen had been drinking heavily that night, pulled a gun on one of his friends, fired the weapon at the ground, hit another friend across the face with the gun and took off on his bike.

Minutes later, Origon and another deputy, Origon's brother Derek Origon, saw a man riding a bicycle at Elgin Boulevard and Fairhaven Avenue who matched the description given by Guillen's friends.

Guillen refused orders from the two deputies to stop and then put his right hand into his jacket pocket, according to the review. The deputies both saw the gun in Guillen's hand, and Deputy Lance Origon fired two shots at Guillen.

Guillen was hit twice in the chest and died at the scene. Deputies recovered a handgun from Guillen.

"I recommend this office take no further action in this matter," Ridgway wrote in the review. State Attorney Brad King agreed with the conclusion.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Review clears Hernando deputy in fatal shooting 12/16/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 22, 2008 4:23pm]
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