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Bank Robbery Suspect Dies After Deputy Involved Shooting, 6 Deputies Placed on Administrative Leave

BROOKSVILLE – Several Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies have been placed on administrative leave, after yesterday’s shooting death of an armed bank robbery suspect on S. Broad Street.

Officials say 44-year-old Scott Michael Chamberlain led Sheriff’s Deputies and Brooksville Police on a vehicle pursuit through Brooksville, after he robbed the Capital City Bank, located at 14001 Cortez Blvd.

According to reports, around 11:15 am. deputies spotted Chamberlain’s white Dodge Ram pickup parked behind Bayfront Health Brooksville on Cortez Blvd. That’s when deputies noticed a female in the truck with Chamberlain, who they assumed was a hostage. (CLICK HERE FOR DRAMATIC DISPATCH AUDIO OF THE PURSUIT)

Chamberlain fled the hospital at relatively slow speeds, eastbound on Cortez Blvd, down Ft. Dade Ave, and then back southbound on S. Broad Street. During the pursuit, deputies used spike strips in an attempt to disable Chamberlain’s truck but he continued to drive with at least one shredded tire. Officials say Chamberlain used his truck to ram several patrol cars before coming to a stop in the southbound lanes of S. Broad Street at Buena Vista Ave.

Dispatchers can be heard relaying to law enforcement that Chamberlain threatened to kill his hostage if he couldn’t negotiate through a Lake County Police Officer. Chamberlain was allegedly armed with a knife and may have been holding it to the hostage’s chest before exiting his Truck. There are unconfirmed reports that Chamberlain may have entered a Sheriff’s Office SUV before deputies opened fire. Chamberlain was struck several times and later died at a nearby hospital.

The alleged hostage, Shamere Baugh, was removed from the pickup truck and treated by paramedics on scene for minor injuries.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

As with any officer involved shooting, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct a full investigation, along with independent investigation by those agencies involved.

The six deputies involved in the shooting are Lt. Phil Lakin, 51, Sgt. Scott Lamia, 41, Det. Richard Purchase, 36, Det. Kim Burger, 45, Dep. Roy McLaughlin, 40, Dep. Richard Killingsworth, 27, and Detective Willard Stephens, 43. Stephens only deployed non-lethal rounds, which were ineffective, according to officials. Det. Kim Burger assisted in the capture of two BB&T bank robbers just this past Wednesday. (Full Story)

Those who knew Chamberlain say he battled off and on with drug addiction and were shocked to hear news of incident. Recent posts on Chamberlain’s Facebook Page are disturbing and appear to be signs of a man who was spiraling out of control. Just one day before the tragic event, Chamberlain writes, “Not sure what was in that syringe. Feel pretty sleepy now.”

Chamberlain spent nearly 8-years beyond bars, after a 2007 conviction for armed home invasion, aggravated assault on an elderly person, and false imprisonment.


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  • A reliable source told me that the hostage was his girlfriend. Interesting!

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 10:00 pm
  • I think we should all remember that he was a son it appeared that he had his own family and sadly drugs took over and he ended up obviously in the situation that ultimately killed him. I always say there but for the grace of God go I and this case please remember nobody is perfect,
    If anybody has ever dealt with a family member or even themselves who have addiction you know it leads you to things that normally you would have never even considered doing put yourself in positions that in a million years he never would have thought you would have been in but yet you were there. I truly believe that there is good in everybody I believe that had he been able to fight this addiction and had an adequate support system and I’m not just talking about family Florida has one of the worst Rehabilitation systems in the United States, my own child went through a rehab and after only keeping them 7 days they were kicked to the curb something has to change this War on Drugs is not Tough Enough. I pray for his family I pray for the victims and I pray for his soul

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:28 am
    • Well said…

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 5:15 pm
  • Scott used to come into the Mobil gas station on 19 and 50 usually early in the morning I’ve seen him many times he was always very pleasant seem very religious it’s sad that it ended this way

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:23 am
  • NO Annette they should NOT because of retaliation do you what that word means or do you need a dictionary?

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 10:14 pm
  • No HCSO personnel should have their name printed.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 6:33 pm
  • I dont think the names of the deputies should have been posted for the protection of them

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 9:01 pm
  • Ah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey GOODBYEEEEEEEEE !

    Thank god this PO$ is dead ! What a waste of human flesh. Listen, if he actually has decent family, i feel terrible for them and im sorry they had to go through all the hell this PO$ put them through.

    That being said, this guy is full of. I know alot of people on ‘drugs’ and theres probably millions in the country….and they all aint robbing people, banks, hurting people etc. I have no sympathy for this scumbag, he made his choices. Im glade no other people/cops were hurt. Thank you HCSO for keeping us safe !

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 7:43 pm
  • Anyone know the story on the hostage—where was she abducted?

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 2:14 pm
    • Sounds kind of fishy to me,,wait in the truck while I rob this bank? What’s the rest of the story? How bout it HCSO?

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 4:06 pm
      • Sounded funny but a friend pointed out to me that he may have made her believe that he was just banking and that’s why she sat there. Hope the whole story comes out whatever it is.. Prayers for his family and for the policemen. Many may suffer after his (probably impaired) decision to rob a bank.

        Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:27 pm
  • Live by the sword, die by the sword. No excuses for drug abuse. Sorry for those put into harms way by the deceased!

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 1:10 pm
  • Do drugs,rob banks,ram police cars,get shot! Nothing shocking here.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 8:18 am
  • My mother and step father were the victim of his 2007 home invasion…he wrote a letter,(from jail…probably as part of his sentencing), saying how sorry he was and drugs were what caused him to do what he did. He said he was not that person…it sounded sincere. I’m sorry it came to this…my condolences to his family.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 1:29 am
    • Doubt that was part of his sentence, usually contact with victims is prohibitted. It has to have special approval. The approver must feel it is sincere and won’t cause distress to the people it is sent to.

      Sunday, 24 September 2017, 12:38 pm
  • Sad what drugs do, Scott was a respectful, pleasant man of god, and then the drugs got the better of him. Rip.

    Saturday, 23 September 2017, 8:36 pm
    • Obviously he was not that Good fearing man he pretended to be. Haven’t you heard the expression “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”; Biblical origin used to describe those playing a role contrary to their real character with whom contact is dangerous.

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 8:28 am
  • Drugs destroys lives.Obviously he was crying out for help judging by his note. No officer wants to use deadly force. This is difficult for the officers and the family of this man…cruel comments are so wrong. . my heart goes out to all the officers and the family.

    Saturday, 23 September 2017, 8:05 pm
    • I feel sorry for Scott’s family. They have been through a lot it seems with the ups and downs of his addition. I have read some terrible remarks about how good it is that Scott died. What if it was their own family member? As many drugs as there are in this country it could be anyone’s son. The deputies did what they thought they should. However, the comments about being glad someone died is cruel and shows the direction our society is going. Very sad indeed.

      Sunday, 24 September 2017, 1:13 pm
      • addiction

        Sunday, 24 September 2017, 2:06 pm
      • The Deputies did what they were FORCED to do. ‘Scott’ chose to rob a bank, take a hostage (possibly) along with running into cars and what else ? Hes did how many years ALREADY in prison !? And im suppose to feel bad for him ?! #&@k that guy ! My family and some friends were driving on 50 right where he crashed and was shot just so you know. And besides, if anyone in my family had done all these terrible things….i would DISHONE them and tell them they are dead to me. He could have killed someone ! Spare me the ‘thats where this country is going’ BS please the guy was a dirtbag PERIOD
        Having said that, its terrible what his family is going through and i feel horrible for them but GUESS WHAT… its HIS fault !

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 2:04 am
  • Sgt. Lamia is one of Hernando County’s finest! He has been there for many people, and once again her places himself in harms way for our safety! Thank you to all involved and enjoy your time off! You deserve it after such an ordeal.
    PS… Not a friend or family member actually had family member not on the right side of law… But Sgt Lamia was professional and fair

    Saturday, 23 September 2017, 7:56 pm
    • On behalf of our family. Thank you for your kind words. This is a sad story and it has affected many families. It is refreshing and enlightening to hear kind remarks towards all of these fine men and women involved. Prayers for all involved to find peace in your hearts.

      Saturday, 23 September 2017, 11:53 pm
      • You are very welcome although Sgt. Lamia earned these words on his own. As well as the others involved, I’m sure. I can only imagine what kind of effect it would have on these men and women when they are placed in such a situation. Hopefully, your entire family will come through with little pain. Prayers for Sgt.Lamia, his family, all officers involved and any others effected. Thank you Chris!

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 2:35 am
  • I pray for all involved. Amen

    Saturday, 23 September 2017, 7:13 pm
  • Someone who gets it

    Saturday, 23 September 2017, 6:29 pm
  • Too bad… shouldn’t be a criminal and you wouldn’t get shot.

    Saturday, 23 September 2017, 5:55 pm
    • He deserved what he got.

      Sunday, 24 September 2017, 3:40 am
      • Damm right.

        Sunday, 24 September 2017, 7:36 pm

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