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MAN KILLED BY SWAT TEAM

The Sheriff's Office says he shot at deputies during a five-hour standoff in Westchase.

A 45-year-old man was shot and killed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office SWAT team Thursday after a five-hour standoff during which he fired several shots at deputies, the Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff's officials said Matthew P. Cormier, of 9641 Magnolia Blossom Drive was pointing a gun out a window of a condominium where he lived when he was shot and killed by the SWAT team about 6 p.m.

Cormier was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Deputies were called to Magnolia Blossom Drive at 1:05 p.m. for a "welfare check" after receiving a call from a family member.

Deputies spoke with Cormier when they arrived and he threatened them, Carter said.

"Cormier ... threatened to kill the deputies and stated that deputies would have to kill him and he would kill some of them in the process," Carter said in a news release.

A few nearby condos were evacuated, and deputies negotiated with Cormier for five hours, Carter said. During the negotiations, he fired several shots at them, shooting out a window of the second-floor condo, Carter said. One shot hit a patrol car.

Jesse Howard, 39, who lives across the hall, said Cormier had lived there a little more than a year. Howard said he didn't know Cormier well, but believed that he lived in the unit with a woman and two children, and that he drove for a limousine service.

"He always seemed nice. It didn't seem like there was anything wrong there," Howard said. "I was totally shocked by this."

The shooting occurred in a part of Westchase called West Park Village, a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood with nice lawns and homes, and plenty of holiday decorations.

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