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Hernando sheriff: Deputies fatally shoot suicidal man

WEEKI WACHEE — Deputies fatally shot a 69-year-old man on Thursday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, which disclosed few details about the incident.

When asked what led to the shooting, sheriff's spokesman Michael Terry referred questions to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is investigating the incident.

The Sheriff's Office said a health care worker called 911 around 1 p.m. to alert authorities about a man at a residence in the Enclave subdivision north of Weeki Wachee who appeared suicidal.

The caller also said there were weapons inside the house at 10264 Ridge Top Loop, the Sheriff's Office said.

A deputy with crisis intervention training and a sergeant with crisis intervention and "advanced de-escalation training," according to the agency, went to the home and met the person inside.

One "attempted to use less lethal means to take the subject into custody for the protection of all," the Sheriff's Office said.

"My understanding is whatever they used didn't have an affect," Terry said.

Then gunshots rang out, deputies said. Deputies fatally shot Joseph Allen Schlosser.

The Sheriff's Office wouldn't say whether he was armed, or fired a gun at deputies or how many shots were fired. Schlosser was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.

FDLE spokeswoman Samantha Andrews said her agency couldn't release details about the shooting because it is an ongoing investigation. She said it could be weeks before FDLE can answer questions.

The deputy and sergeant involved in the incident weren't identified. They were placed on paid leave until the investigation is completed, which is standard procedure.