Gunfire was exchanged Friday morning in Zephyrhills between law enforcement and a homicide suspect, Pasco County sheriff’s officials reported.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a news conference Friday afternoon that the suspect, Alfredo Rodriguez, 31, was later found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No law enforcement officers were injured.
The incident started about 7:25 a.m. at a home on Ruth Avenue in Zephyhrills. Members of the U.S. Marshal Service Task Force were trying to arrest the man on warrants including criminal mischief and violation of probation. Law enforcement lso wanted to speak with him because he was a suspect in a homicide, Nocco said.
The task force includes members of local law enforcement agencies.
Task force members suspected the man might be violent. They were able to remove his pregnant girlfriend from the home, then the man started firing upon them, Nocco said. A Tampa Police Department officer who is on the task force returned fire.
Law enforcement called out the SWAT team and negotiators. Rodriguez fired on responding deputies and a Pasco deputy returned fire, Nocco said.
Rodriguez talked on the phone with law enforcement for some time and occasionally continued to fire upon them. In the early afternoon, officers entered the home and found him dead, Nocco said.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident and will present its findings to the State Attorney’s Office for review, which is routine in use-of-force incidents such as this.
Sheriff’s officials said the homicide Rodriguez is suspected in occurred in Hernando County, though no details about that investigation were released.