BROOKSVILLE, United States, Feb. 18 (AP) — A Florida sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man with a gun who wounded two people and set fire to a barn, authorities said Saturday , and shut himself up in a house.
The dead shooter has been identified as 64-year-old Steve John Roosa, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference. The deputies involved in the shooting, who were members of the agency’s SWAT team, did not disclose their names.
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Police and firefighters were initially called to a residence near Brooksville by neighbors Friday afternoon after they saw smoke billowing from a barn fire behind the residence, according to the sheriff’s office. Soon, more 911 calls were made reporting shots had been fired at the property and two people had been shot.
One victim, a woman, was able to leave her home and get into a waiting ambulance. The second victim, a male, was lying on the ground, but officers were unable to immediately locate him as Roosa continued to fire. Eventually, the man was rescued and taken to hospital.
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Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office said Roosa locked herself inside the house and refused all communication. The SWAT team eventually “broke into the residence and deployed a chemical agent,” the release said. Roosa came out the front door – still fully armed – and the deputies shot and killed him.
The female victim was treated at a local hospital and released. The sheriff’s office said the male victim was hospitalized Saturday in critical condition. Their identities have not been made public, nor has their relationship to Roosa. No MPs were injured.
Florida law enforcement will investigate the circumstances of the shooting.
Brooksville is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Tampa. (Associated Press)
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