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Robbery Suspect Dead in Deputy Involved Shooting – Second Suspect Still At Large

BROOKSVILLE – Earlier this afternoon, RNRF broke the news of a deputy involved shooting that occurred in the area of Saturn Road and Rackley Road. According to officials the suspect succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

Authorities are still searching for a second suspect who is described as a white male in his 20s, who was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt. He is beleived to be armed and dangerous.

Residents living in this area are encouraged to remain indoors and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.


BROOKSVILLE – Information is still developing but there are new details emerging in the search for a second suspect in today’s robbery of the Dollar General, located at 6336 Sherman Hills Blvd.

According to our sources, a witness followed the suspect vehicle (Pictured below) from the scene of the robbery to the intersection of Endsley Road Road and Culbreath Road, where the two suspects fled on foot. Soon after the search began, we reported that a Deputy involved shooting occurred in the area of Rackley Road and Saturn Road.

After a search of nearby wooded areas, one of the suspects emerged and was shot by a Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy. The condition of the suspect is unknown at this time.

UPDATE: 12/22/15 3:50 P.M. – Numerous law enforcement officers from multiple agencies have converged in the area of US-41 and Ayers Road to search for the second suspect in an armed robbery that occurred earlier today. RNRF is on the scene and will continue to update this developing story.

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  • Actually sandy Portugal legalized all drugs and abuse went way down fast and gang violence and drug cartel issues are a non issue there. You know how prohibition of alcohol went in the usa? The drug war is a huge issue. Cartels pay off officials to smuggle in dope and gangs profit and commit violence as a result of the drug war. More than half of people in prison are in there for a drug related. We have the heaviest incarcerated population in the entire world of 10 billion people in a country with only 300 million. We have profit prisons on the stock market. I can go on and on with facts but heres one final one, if you are so worried about drugs and death then tell me why when you are so worried you dont recognize Rx pain killers are actually used far less than all illegal drugs combined but result in nearly 80 percent of fatalities resulting from drug abuse. Big pharma makes the most over prescribed extremely addictive toxins out there that kill far more people. When these things were sold in local stores there wasnt the organized crime and corruption and abuse like there is today. I hope facts dont bother you.. but as i mentioned earlier you understand what alcohol prohibition did? it just made more problems. You want to know the biggest supporters of drug prohibition is big pharma, alcohol industries, and lobby groups for profit prison systems. All the major corporations that stand to lose money if drugs were legal spend millions every year to market the anti drug message. We need treatment, better community support groups and better systems in place not more bars more drug prescriptions, more people incarcerated. etc etc. for the record i dont use drugs at all. not coffee not cigarettes not alcohol not rx pills, no meth no cocaine no marijuana but common sense and logic show that the drug war is a big corrupt failure and you know the definition of insanity is doing the same exact thing over and over nonstop and expecting a different result.

    Thursday, 24 December 2015, 8:00 pm
  • Phillip Merrill Sr. – Your comment is not only STUPID, but IGNORANT as well..
    Legalize those HARD DRUGS and they will be ROBBING THOSE DRUG STORES,
    not to mention most likely KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE TO GET THOSE DRUGS!!!!
    Why do you think they rob people, it’s because they are too high on drugs to get a

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:47 pm
  • Proud Veteran – Very well said, I couldn’t agree more.
    Take them off the streets ——————– PERMANENTLY!!!!!

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:20 pm
  • Low life criminals need to be disposed of ASAP and the sooner the better, Send them all to hell.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 3:53 pm
  • Sorry that was robbed twice in 2 months

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 12:35 pm
  • WAY TO GO HCSO… One less that my taxes have to pay for.. To bad the 2nd one didn’t get killed also..

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 12:34 pm
  • I cannot believe that some off you blame the police and hcso and are mad because they have military style rifles.That’s what’s wrong with society.I have a great idea maybe we should blame the criminals that robbed the store and threatened the life of asome innocent people that was at work you know actually working for a living.several years ago I worked over night at a convenience store twice in two months and I can tell you 1st hand how scary it is to be looking down the barrell of a gun being pointed at you and not knowing if the scum bag was going to shoot me or not,not knowing if I was gonna get to see my then at that time new born son and wife again.I only wished that the police shot the scumbags that robbed me.And to the person that said we should legalize drugs yes I’m sure that would solve the issues with criminals(sarcasm of course).The police go out there and face scumbags every day and people blame the jee I wonder who those same people will call if their ever being robbed and I wonder if they would care what kind of weapons the police were carrying.Great job deputys and keep up the hard work……rant over.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 12:30 pm
  • According to HCSO Facebook page, second robber was captured this morning without incident.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 10:37 am
  • WOW reading comments makes you think we live in a terror zone like Syria people need to stop and think about what’s going on the One Percenter’s are, thats why they are preparing for our collapse

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 9:43 am
  • Did you really just suggest that the deputies aim for the feet or shoulder? I sincerely hope you are joking. If not, you truly are an idiot.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 9:29 am
  • Also lol yea I’m not done to stuckinspringhell no we don’t want them captured and paying from our paychecks to support these people they need to go. Finally lol these criminals are lucky the cops are here because if they weren’t the people will handle these idiots but maybe that should happen lol bear gun lol you should of seen what I was carrying while sitting on my porch lol stupid yuppie

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:58 am
  • Mary and stuckinspringhell maybe next time this happens you can volunteer and go into the woods to show hcso how to deal with armed robbery suspects.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:40 am
  • To Mary and stuckinspringhell go back up north your the same crappy kind of liberal on tv Yea it’s the cops fault lol how about if the criminal made it to your house kicked in the door with your family lol think about that but maybe your right this criminal shouldn’t of been shot till he shot a cop a law abiding family man a dad at Christmas doing his job with kids probly at home waiting for him your an idiot and “a beer gun” lol your an idiot also go back to New York and send that guy when found straight to the tree or shot in the head. Lol you people are naive The people who cry about cops are the guilty criminals DONT be a criminal you won’t get shot.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:35 am
  • I can’t believe some of you people are actually questioning the officers here. What part of armed and dangerous do you not understand? If someone is going to do an armed robbery they better be prepared to die.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:23 am
  • @stuckinspringhell deadly force is not shooting some one in their fingers or toes. smh… also that bear hunting item you question is an ar15 usually a .223 round. Nothing I would use to hunt a bear. Remember these are very dangerous suspects that have shown they are willing to kill any one that gets in the way. These deputies have family to go home to, they are not part of the hug a thug foundation bc you think one of their tools of the job looks intimidating. These guys didnt fail to stop at a traffic control device, its an extremely dangerous situation for all parties involved.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:05 am
  • Stuckinspringhell… There are too many examples to even say why law enforcement has rifles so therefore I will use the most recent reason why. SAN BERNANDINO TERRORISTS who had assault rifles to kill 14 and shoot it out with police. To explain why police dont aim for feet is because that doesn’t stop a threat all the time. Quit blaming the police for the horrendous actions of criminals that put themselves in encounters with police.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 8:03 am
  • He was shot because he was an armed robber! If more law abiding people exercised the right to carry, these thugs would have some fear. Thank you Hernando officers for the job you do EVERYDAY!

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 7:47 am
  • White lives matter these guys was just down and out and they were hungry.. Lol if these guys was black obama would be involed with the black panthers

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 6:39 am
  • The Truth is simple most of these violent cases happen due to drugs and people turn criminal to get them. Just legalize them all and make them available at your local drug store and tax them. No one is going to start doing meth cause its legal or cocaine or any other major drug, the only ones using will be the ones that use now. If you tax it then you have money to help those when they want to get off it. But these drug addicts won’t be robbing us and killing us for money to get them and you won’t have gang wars over drug territory, the only ones these drugs will be hurting is the addicts. We need to start using common sense in this country and stop trying to make up new laws that criminals won’t follow. People the only ones that follow laws are law abiding citizens.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 5:09 am
  • Due the crime, pay the time or death. Death will put a STOP to these assholes pointing guns at innocent folks.
    Good job LEOs

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 5:08 am
  • What difference does it make? There were two ARMED subjects hiding in the woods. At least the deputy gets to see his/her family after their shift. What right did the two scumbags have robbing the store?

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 1:54 am
  • TOM we need to know what this person looks like. Seems like there is enough Info that hcso could provide us with a photo of the armed and dangerous man on the loose! There were witnesses. There was video surveillance. They know the vehicle was involved in some incidents in the northeast. They have one dead. Where’s the info on this duo? ww dont need pics of leos standing around and dogs lying down. We need to see a face and maybe even a name. If not…this guys is going to get away. He could of changed his clothes. Not a very good description when a better on could seriously be released. I live close…real close and let me say they never flew over nor searched my heavily wooded property. They didnt call my phone and they damn sure never stopped by once to Inform me what was going on. Its because of RNRF I found out anything! So come on Tom. Keep up the good work and help us know WHO is out there.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 12:54 am
  • I have the same question as Mary. You can bet if he wasn’t displaying a gun, the cops placed one there to cover themselves. Sorry but that is true. Guy shouldn’t have robbed the store which led to his demise but I’m curious to see how HCSO spins this.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 12:51 am
  • People are so funny…. They complain that we are “wasting tax dollars” when a suspect goes to jail; stating that the cop should have used lethal force. Now a cop does use lethal force, and they complain that it was too much of a deadly force. (No one in particular, just stating comparisons between post articles.) I do agree with *Mary* wondering what the suspect was doing to be shot, but I’m sure those details will emerge later in the investigation.

    Marches would be great if they had an overall outcome of a positive effect -however- Marches just turn into a blame game, segregating the community (whether it be race segregation, or citizens vs police), and increase the amount of tension & anger in the air.

    Guns, Race, Authority, etc… Is not the real issue, therefore, weapon control, race marches, or becoming anti-law enforcement won’t solve anything.

    The lack of AFFORDABLE mental health resources, the lack of decent paying jobs, and the lack of opportunities in our county (and surrounding counties) is the issue we need to address.

    This particular situation is unfortunate, regardless of anyones’ actions. I really do hope these suspects were just ignorant punk kids, wanting to earn street cred. It is easier to digest than finding out that they went to extremes to provide food and gifts for family & loved ones this holiday season….

    (Que “they should have gotten jobs” comments)

    The holidays are terrible times for people who feel they need to provide an over abundance of food and gifts, while knowing they’ll never be able to afford it. Unfortunately, some get so anxious they resort to these wrong actions. Thankfully, the clerk at DG & the police were not harmed, but it doesn’t mean someone’s heart isn’t completely shattered this evening.

    My heart goes out to everyone involved.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 12:03 am
  • Heard from a credible source, Jack a**was carrying a beebee gun. Well, you were successful. .. you wanted folks to think you were armed. .. and well they did.

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 11:52 pm
  • Sandy K Friend thank u for ur comment! I don’t want to pay taxes for all these idiots that want to break the law. I work, I do the right thing, no one is paying for me to b here. I say peace out lol

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 11:41 pm
  • oh ya ok like a MARCH is going to stop these assholes from shooting and stabbin each other NOT! Thank god the one involved died now get the others and put them away like you do sex offenders since they are just as “violent”

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 9:52 pm
  • Any recent news on this Tom? I live off Ayers Rd & concerned ?

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 9:35 pm
  • Having a march s not going to stop the violence. The marches, the rally’s, the rioting, the burning of businesses did not stop the violence up north. These actions only make situations worse. If we just let the law do their jobs they will correct the situations. It takes time. There are too many criminals out there and the Judges are to blame for the low bonds they issue. The system needs to get tougher and the people need to get tougher. If you see something, say something. These thugs need to be taken down and off the streets permanently.

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 9:34 pm
  • Thank you to all LEO’s for getting another dangerous criminal off the streets —PERMANENTLY!!
    And thank you for saving our tax money from feeding, clothing, housing, medical coverage, etc.. 🙂
    Tom Lemons – Thank YOU for bringing us this fantastic news!!! 🙂

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 9:13 pm
  • King, I’m sure the criminals will become immediate law abiding citizens. Hard time instead of the revolving door we have currently is the answer.

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 8:17 pm
  • Yea tjerenya go.bthats a great idea there. If we only thought about that years ago we would have this problem now would we? See how far that March gets ya.

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 8:09 pm
  • What kind of rifle is that? Was he shooting a bear? Why don’t these police aim at the feet or shoulder just to subdue the perp? Why kill them? And why use whatever that is in his hands. That is aimed to kill not subdue.

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 8:07 pm
  • only violence that occurred was two idiots robbing an innocent worker at gunpoint who was just working a minimum wage job trying to make a living while these two jackasses came in and caused terror. One is dead and other will probably meet same fate!

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 8:04 pm
  • Tom are there any names of the suspects? Any pics of the one still out there?

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 7:52 pm
  • Why was one of the suspects shot just because he emerged from the woods? Did he come out shooting, or pointing a gun at the officer? The way it is reported here, it sounds like the officer just shot him, because he could. If that’s the case, then that is just plain wrong.

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 7:50 pm
  • YEA RIGHT! LOL! Go find your safe space!

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 7:49 pm
  • ok, that will work!
    , grab your sign, and he’ll come right out of the termite hole he’s hiding in,,,SMH

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 7:48 pm
  • And the government wants to take away our legal right to own guns. This dude should be done by now. Way too much violence in this county! Good luck with that, cause we need to defend ourselves.

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 7:42 pm
  • We need to stop the violence let’s get the community together and have stop the violence march

    Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 7:34 pm

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