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Man Armed with Shotgun Climbs Roof, Threatens to Shoot Sheriff’s Deputies

BROOKSVILLE – A verbal dispute is what officials say led to a man climbing the roof of his home on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and threatening to shoot deputies.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis says the suspect, later identified as 63-year-old Laurence Taliaferro, was involved in a verbal dispute with a woman before making threats to hurt “individuals” and possibly himself. Taliaferro then proceeded to climb the roof of his residence, located at 59 W. MLK Blvd, armed with a shotgun, and made threats to shoot anyone who tried to stop him. Deputies quickly gained control of the situation and took Taliaferro into custody within minutes of the incident beginning.

Taliaferro was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center, where his charges are unknown at this time.

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  • This was my uncle and he had been done wrong and he was only looking for help no intentions to hurt anyone and if you knew him you would know that yourself he was purposely looking to be incarcerated nothing more has reached out for help many times And our system kept turning him down he has a military veteran with PTSD and was searching for help and again like I said they kept turning their back’s on helping him so he knew this would get him help regardless of whether he had to spend the rest of his days Believe me if he wanted to do something he would have done it we need to blame the system for turning people down in their time of need

    Monday, 20 August 2018, 12:47 pm
  • Oh No post pics of your lard ass…you don’t have the stones do you?

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 8:22 pm
    • he’s in the bottom photo dumb ass.

      Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 10:22 pm
    • The sheriff should lead by example, just look at his fat gut. You can’t expect the deputies to be in good shape when their leader has such a big gut.

      Thursday, 9 August 2018, 2:08 pm
      • What does the sheriff’s appearance have to do with a damn thing? When people make comments like this I just know that they have probably had issues with the HCSO before.

        Sunday, 12 August 2018, 8:16 am
  • How can you put someone in jail and not sure what they are gonna charge him with.Sounds Unconstitutional to me.

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 7:37 pm
  • HE should of been bakeracted not put in jail he obviously has mental issues jail won’t help him ..

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 6:23 pm
  • Mark awesome comment bro besides adding something different I couldn’t have said it better awesome comment got to love it! Anyway on another note I’m so sick and tired of hearing this crap everybody wants to shoot a cop like they’re all bad they’re not all bad damn it I’m sick of this war against cops these are human beings that have a job to do that I would not want that’s for sure are there some that are jerks yes but a big majority of these people are good people this guy’s lucky did it do a little target practice on his stupid ass

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 3:38 pm
  • And it only took five lard asses to capture him.

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 3:13 pm
    • Jackass!!! You cop haters are all the same. Big mouths until you need them to get you out of your own, self inflicted BS. Why don’t you go back under your rock, you fuc!ing dope head, former fellon, retard bitch!!!

      Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 7:28 pm
      • In today’s world, I’m surprised that someone brandishing a weapon and threatening folks would actually live to talk about it. JMR take a deep breath. Such an extreme reaction. I don’t think calling someone a lard ass, although not nice, means that they’re cop haters lol. I think your stressed.

        Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 9:44 pm
    • Lol looks like these deputies need to take it easy with the spoon & fork lord can we say FAT ASSES!!!

      Thursday, 9 August 2018, 2:31 am
  • freakin idiot

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 2:28 pm
  • I Would not what to be a law inforcement officer in this day and age!!! to many crazys out there,I do give them alot of Credit !!!

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 2:21 pm
  • Not the best location to chose for a stand-off in August in Florida.

    Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 1:04 pm
    • Just curious, what would be the best location….for a standoff….in August….in Florida?

      Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 2:47 pm
      • In the AC or st least the Shade , not gonna last long on roof

        Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 6:32 pm
    • Lol😂 true.

      Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 3:28 pm
      • If he were black he would be dead. And true on a other comment he should of been Baker Acted

        Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:15 pm

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