Mentally Ill Man Dies After Violent Encounter with Deputies, Exact Cause of Death Under Investigation
FLORAL CITY (CITRUS) – Mental illness took its toll on another victim this morning, after Deputies responded to a residence on East Wind Court, where a man was “violently harming himself.”
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to 8801 East Wind Court around 4:30 a.m. after a family member called 911 to report that 36-George Rogers was cutting himself repeatedly. When deputies tried to make contact with the Rogers, he locked himself in a bathroom and continued to cut himself with multiple objects. Deputies used a shield when they forced entry, but Rogers resisted and “showed incredible strength,” during the encounter, according to reports.
Once in custody, Rogers went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also conducting an investigation, due to Rogers being in custody at the time of his death.
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