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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