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Suspect in Citrus County death caught near Weeki Wachee after crashing into sheriff's cruiser

WEEKI WACHEE — A suspect in a Citrus County suspicious death case was captured Wednesday afternoon following a chase on U.S. 19.

Citrus County deputies, along with U.S. Marshal special agents, saw John William Campbell, 36, of Inverness northbound on the highway north of Weeki Wachee, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities began chasing Campbell about 4 to 5 miles south of the county line about 2:15 p.m. As Citrus deputies deployed stop sticks, the suspect, who had traveled in excess of 120 miles per hour, veered off the road, crashing into a Citrus deputy's unoccupied patrol car.

The car was totaled, and the deputy was hit by debris from the crash, the report said. The deputy was checked into a local hospital and released.

Campbell was taken into custody and airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for treatment of his injuries.

Campbell is also a suspect in an attempted robbery Tuesday of the Lowe's home improvement store on State Road 44, according to a report. The suspect approached the customer service desk and demanded cash while threatening that he had a gun. When the clerk ran away, the suspect fled the store.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has said that Campbell is a person of interest in Tuesday's suspicious death at a home on E Nugget Lane in Inverness. Deputies responded to the home for a well-being check and found the body of a dead man identified as 68-year-old John Henry Campbell, the father of the suspect.

The father and son lived together off and on in the family home, the Sheriff's Office said. The investigation is continuing.

Suspect in Citrus County death caught near Weeki Wachee after crashing into sheriff's cruiser 08/11/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:26pm]
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