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Suspect Identified in Fatal Officer Involved Shooting, 5 Officers on Paid Administrative Leave

BROOKSVILLE – The Sheriff’s Office has identified 44-year-old Anthony Wallace as the man shot to death  by police in the Trillium Subdivision yesterday afternoon.

Officials say Sgt. Tom Brooks, 49, Sgt. William Power, 39, and Det. Willard Brian Stephens, 43, of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the shooting. Two officers with the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force were also involved. Sgt. Brooks is also listed as a member of the U.S. Marshals Task force.

Wallace was wanted for 3-counts of sexual battery on a victim over 12-years of age reportedly fired upon officers with an AR-15 before being shot to death inside a pickup truck on Trillium Blvd.

According to the Hernando County Property Appraiser, Wallace lived at 651 Sea Holly Drive, located inside the Trillium Subdivision, but that has not been confirmed by officials.

All Sheriff’s Office Deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave per standard protocol.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.


RELATED ARTICLE: BREAKING: Suspect Dies In Officer Involved Shooting, Second Shooting In Less Than A Week

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  • This is a tragic and senseless death. I knew him personally and can tell you the daughter has real issues. I do not believe he shot at police because if he did, he would have injured them. They open fired on him 5 OFFICERS. Excessive to say the least. My heart aches for his wife and family.

    Saturday, 7 October 2017, 3:49 pm
  • I knew the man well but even I can concede that only two people know the truth about the accusations and one of those people is dead. For what it’s worth I think the girl’s background of being raised by a very troubled mother most of her life and not by her father and his new wife contributed to the accusations. Don’t blame the current wife. From what I know she was always very good to the child. He was a big gun enthusiast and maybe that’s why he had an AR-15 or other weapon in his car. I’ve thought a lot about why he would resist arrest, if he did. And why he would pulll a gun on LEOs, if he did. The only logical answer for us as we read and re-read this story from the comfort of our homes is that he was guilty. But I’m not so sure someone who’s been accused of sexual assault is thinking clearly. Again, we will probably never know with 100% certainty. And I have a question that continues to bother me about this whole thing. Where is his gun in the first photo? It should be lying in the street next to his truck as it is in subsequent photos. For the life of me I don’t see it in the first photo.

    Friday, 6 October 2017, 3:33 pm
    • Never noticed the gun was not there in the first picture. Shows they planted the weapon. Thanks for the tip.

      Monday, 9 October 2017, 4:41 am
  • Here’s a conspiracy Theory for you maybe the wife and daughter came together with a plot to have Daddy murdered so they can collect the life insurance money something doesn’t sit right here can’t quite put my finger on it but I think the wife has played a big part in what has happened

    Thursday, 5 October 2017, 12:39 am
    • You are one sick man , Did you know him? Well I did and he would never hurt his children.And his wife Loved him. They shot him for no reason.So before you speak again you need to think first.

      Friday, 24 November 2017, 2:43 pm
    • U are just a ahole

      Monday, 4 December 2017, 10:18 pm
  • Things like this just don’t happen over night, its funny that there people on here defending the pervert, making look as if everyone was out to get this poor man, seriously I guess not only his own child was out to get him but the cops and the news reporters too? seriously what rock did you all crawl out from under? don’t believe every thing you read Morgan? I think your comments or the dumbest let alone you cant spell for crap? you say… cops to play judge, jury, and executioner? really? its called kill or be killed not stop and smell the roses and ask oh hey mister um why are you driving away and by the way what a pretty gun you have there oh please don’t shoot at me … really I don’t know what world you live in but its a pretty ugly world out there and cops don’t have the pleasure of being bullet proof, and to be honest the world is much more ugly knowing that horrific crimes against children of this nature let alone his own child is down right nasty, I hope what ever was going on in that home is being investigated. because if you say she falsely accused her father I wonder what would cause a child to go to those measures to get help? what was going on and who was doing it to her? I pray there are no other children in the home and I pray the child in question gets the help she needs. but guy pulls gun guy shoots gun cops shoot guy that’s how it works the cops did not make this man flee the cops did not make him pull his gun and the cops did not force him on to a child so this man choose to flee he choose to carry a gun he choose to pull that gun and he choose to shoot. he choose his fait! he also doesn’t have to be a great shot to go suicide by cop all you need to do is point and pull a trigger and close your eyes. and the cops will do the rest and he choose to do that. there is no other way around it, or to justify why a man would go to great measures to die, unless if because he could not face reality of people knowing what kind of monster he truly was?

    Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 12:30 am
    • Did you know him? These comment you people write are just a way for you to be heard. And that’s just sick. I am his Aunt and I knew him very well. He was not running from the cops, they where just trigger happy.

      Friday, 24 November 2017, 2:50 pm
  • There are always friends, relatives and neighbors who say “he’s not that kind of man”, “he would never do that”, “it has to be a set up”. You may think the report was made at 8 that morning, but truth is, the warrant was issued then. Report was made much earlier. The determination if she lied or she told the truth would have been made in court………….he removed that possibility himself. Some claim he never fired a shot. It’s enough to just pull the firearm. He knew they were law enforcement and I’m sure he knew what would happen. Smell the coffee – if he were innocent he would have done what an innocent man does.

    Sunday, 1 October 2017, 9:33 am
    • It was not much earlier and there was no court. 8am report 430 shot to death..

      Smell the coffie.

      Monday, 2 October 2017, 12:10 pm
  • Really? Lol

    Saturday, 30 September 2017, 6:04 pm
  • Good riddance… you touch a kid.. you deserve what you get

    Saturday, 30 September 2017, 9:48 am
    • u r a ahole

      Monday, 4 December 2017, 10:22 pm
  • If you want to read intelligent comments,you are in the wrong place.

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 7:44 pm
  • I don’t care what he did or did not do before the stop !! He pulled an at-15 type weapon and fired at officers = GAME OVER !!!!!!!!

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 9:52 am
  • All of you SUCK!!! Im so sick of everyone acting like judge and jury!!!! No 1 knows the TRUTH about what this man did or didn’t do. It could have went down so much better but unfortunate things happen and his life was taken. The police shot him because he was armed and that’s the only reason not because he was white or black. Not because of the nature of is PENDING charges. So it could have come out in court he was NOT GUILTY or GUILTY. We will never know.

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 9:45 am
    • Sweetheart, if he was innocent he wouldn’t have gone suicide by cop. He pulled that weapon knowing full well what the outcome would be. Take off your rose colored glasses and see the reality…sorry.

      Friday, 29 September 2017, 3:14 pm
      Learn how to read and comprehend what you read.

      Friday, 29 September 2017, 4:20 pm
    • peace

      Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 10:58 pm
  • This guy had other issues. He was a prepped and had an arsenal full of guns and amo. Said he had mace misters outside his house.

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 8:06 am
  • I am wondering if any of the people that posted the negative comments on this post knew this guy and knew the exact charges that he faced and if he was actually found guilty. From reading the story it sounded to me like they were there on a warrant for his arrest. Could it be because on the type of crime and the circumstances the U.S. Marshals are called in? I think it is pathetic that people are acting as if they knew this man.

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 7:44 am
    • Did not do what they claim.

      Monday, 2 October 2017, 12:11 pm
  • Thankfully, no other life was lost; not one of the brave officers or nearby local residents were killed by the armed suspect by the
    AR-15 bullets he shot at them.

    Suspect was to be arrested for it:

    Why were there THREE counts of sexual battery on a child over 12? Why the AR-15? Why was he not pulling over and cooperating? Why were THREE U.S. Marshall’s, multiple County officers, Sergeants involved in chasing him?

    This is SAD for everyone. America turns a blind eye to young girls& boys all the time when sexual battery, crimes, offenses, etc. occur and they tell a grown up.

    Each and everyday sexual crimes are committed against children.. Secretly in their own homes. Scaring their childhood memories forever.

    Affecting not only the victim but ALL household family members as they cope with the changes to come forever.

    Awareness… talk to each other, listen more to all kids…

    Yes …..this was her own father.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 10:30 pm
    • I can not believe your stupidity..Do you know this man do you know what he has been though….I was a crazy ex at one time… Do you know facts like was it actual U. s Marshalls or maybe just a operating rask force…Pray do tell…

      Friday, 29 September 2017, 12:13 am
      • sorry Tom…that was “Pray do tell”

        Friday, 29 September 2017, 12:16 am
        • if you were a crazy ex, then you know how stupid you were at the time. None of us knows the facts other than what’s printed here.

          Maybe he was falsely accused, but you fight in court, not in the streets or you’ll get dead.

          Prayers for the officers whose lives will forever be changed because of this man’s poor choices and to all involved family and friends.

          It’s tragic.

          Friday, 29 September 2017, 9:20 am
          • He was falsly accused. Sadly they didn’t stop to investigate prior. They just ran with it.

            8 hours from report to death…

            Saturday, 30 September 2017, 5:55 pm
            • No they as in (cops) didnt just run with it in 8 hours. it was the accused man who ran, get the facts straight stop blaming the cops. If it’s life insurance your after? forget it. suicide by cops won’t get it !

              Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 2:20 am
              • I just told you the facts. Accusation at 8am and shot by 445. No priors.

                You get YOUR facts strait. Also, where did it say suicide by long gun or police?? you will never read that on the official report.

                Also, not a suicide.

                Keep reading the news and you will still be here commenting on what you ‘think”

                Monday, 9 October 2017, 4:39 am
      • Well, what we do know of him makes what happened to him justifiable. He pulled an assault rifle on law enforcement for God’s sake. Were he innocent, wouldn’t he have just pulled over and complied? You claim to know him, explain to us why else he wouldn’t stop.

        Friday, 29 September 2017, 3:34 pm
        • Did he shoot? Or is that what you read? Cops never lie…never!

          Saturday, 30 September 2017, 6:06 pm
          • I’m sure they have there chest cams on so it was recorded no need to lie.

            Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 2:10 am
            • Hernando county does not have cams. they don’t believe in them. watch the you tube video.

              Monday, 9 October 2017, 4:43 am
        • He did stop. Look at the truck. No grass scuff, no ramming, just stooped.

          Monday, 2 October 2017, 12:13 pm
          • I agree he did stop. just to pull his gun and fire .

            Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 2:21 am
    • He didn’t comply because he was afraid to face prison with offenses he’s charged with I’m sure. For the U.S. Marshals to be involved, you can be pretty sure that every T was crossed and I dotted. Regardless, it’s a scary, sad situation.

      Friday, 29 September 2017, 3:29 pm
      • You can do everything in the process in an 8 hour timeframe? Report at 8am and death at 430p same day?

        They missed a few t’s.

        Saturday, 30 September 2017, 5:57 pm
        • Maybe the few T’s that were missing was the fact they didn’t catch this sooner or maybe see what kind of abuse that was going on, maybe it was a cult and all were involved

          Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 2:07 am
    • Yea it was his daughter that accused him and she does have a history of lying and she lied because she didnt get her way. You shouldn’t speak before u know truth and please tell me how she can accuse her father that morning and without any investigation be can be charged and have a warrant for his arrest? Since when is it okay for cops to play judge, jurry, and exucutioner? Let’s not forget he is also retired military and he is a very good shooter if he shot at cops he would have hit one and on top of all that please tell me how u can sit in the front seat of a truck and shot that size of a gun. You really shouldn’t believe everything that you read it all has some type of bias. Oh and I know everything that happened because I knew the man that was shot and killed personally, and it was uncalled for. The cops have taken the life of a good man.

      Saturday, 30 September 2017, 2:33 am
      • Well said!! ❤

        Saturday, 30 September 2017, 5:58 pm
      • Well said Morgan

        Saturday, 30 September 2017, 11:18 pm
      • The cops didnt take his life, he took his own life, he had a choice he had many choices, you make it sound like everyone was out to get the guy? The child, the cops and even the news reporters. Must be a conspiracy. Maybe president Trump? No one played judge jury or executioner. He fled he carried the gun he pulled the gun he fired the gun. All choices he made. If someone pulls a gun on you I bet you return fire! Plus looking at the pics passenger side of truck got the most bullet holes so maybe he was able to slide to passenger side pull gun and shoot out driver window ? Any thing is possible, even rape on a daughter?

        Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 2:04 am
    • He own father, as you claim, did not do this to her or amy other child.

      Monday, 2 October 2017, 12:16 pm
  • Maybe someone needs to send this to CNN. Police killed a “white man”. People need to understand it’s not a race thing. Police kill people of every color. The world has gone crazy.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 10:13 pm
    • Trump and the GOP disrespect our country more than you can understand. VooDoo econ, lol, you people don’t understand much.

      If some NFL players protesting racism offends you, you’re nothing but a know-nothing snowflake.

      Friday, 29 September 2017, 9:22 am
  • Thean wasn’t a child molester the shooting was uncalles for! He is ex military and I know him personally. This isn’t full story and if he shot at the cops they would be either hurt or dead he was a good shot.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 9:07 pm
    • I’ll bet the cops shot him because he cheated at checkers.

      Friday, 29 September 2017, 7:36 am
      • Yes, the gun the found wasn’t really there. It was planted at the scene. The shell casing was planted too!

        Friday, 29 September 2017, 8:21 am
    • He was wanted for “3-counts of sexual battery on a victim over 12”

      Friday, 29 September 2017, 1:31 pm
    • The shooting was uncalled for? So what world do you live In? It’s kill or be killed, cops don’t have the pleasure of asking him to not shoot while he is shooting its called save your own butt! Those cops fired in self defense. And you don’t have to be a great shot to do suicide by cop it’s simple you point your gun and close your eyes pull trigger and pray its all over fast. And im sure he didnt really want to kill cops he just didnt want to face the music it’s not pretty in prison they get one word that he done something to a child you better bet they’ll do the same to him so in his best interest I guess he thought death was the better option then what was coming to him.

      Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 1:45 am
  • I hate to say it, but he got what he deserved. Hell will be waiting for him.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 8:03 pm
    • No he didnt I know him personally

      Thursday, 28 September 2017, 9:05 pm
      • You know him personally! so you lived with him? You know when and where he laid his head when he got up and what he did day in and day out? the possibilities are endless any thing is possible, you never truly know a person unless you are joined to there hip and make every move they do.

        Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 1:34 am
    • Now just how can you type those words…In todays world if pickup trucks surround you would you feel safe? It sounds like he was a workingman, homeowner, taxpayer no criminal record as I have been unable to find one….Tattoo fingered woman hanging over his shoulder …Was it a setup? BTW don’t blame the police for doing their job…Just don’t damn one until you know facts…Maybe baby Momma was being booted out and it was revenge..maybe he really was a pervert creeper…Is there DNA rape kit…Or was it a boob grab by mistake….Maybe psych ex had him in fear and that is why he had a gun….

      Thursday, 28 September 2017, 9:42 pm
      • Maybe a false report? Someone didnt want to be grounded?

        Saturday, 30 September 2017, 6:02 pm
        • Maybe a false report because someone didn’t want to be grounded? That is the most stupidest comment that I’ve ever seen I hope you find Jesus because if you had to be put in the shoes of that child and go through a horrific act like that and then have someone claim you just didn’t want to be grounded. That doesn’t even make sense.. the measures that were taken at that point showed that the man in question chose to take his own life and it wasn’t that child’s fault and it wasn’t the fault of the sheriff’s office either, only a guilty man would act in that manner and only a guilty friend or family member would defend such a thing.

          Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 1:28 am
          • Ill make sure you are the first to see the report when they are done. just sayin. kids never lie! never, and kids are never born with mental illness, never.

            Monday, 9 October 2017, 4:47 am
            • let’s see the report

              Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:13 pm
          • Would all of you just please shut up?

            No one knows what actually happened. Police have their story & The family has their story.

            Keep your negative comments to yourselves.

            Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 7:15 pm
            • this here section was made for comments to be posted if you don’t like hearing the truth stay off the website and don’t read our comments if you don’t like them .. doesn’t say positive lieing comments only …….

              Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:16 pm
  • yes maddy!

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:42 pm
  • Ya that makes sense lol
    Let’s just kill all the people in prisons.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 5:56 pm
  • Another pervert off the streets

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 5:35 pm
    • Yeah since you know he was guilty

      Thursday, 28 September 2017, 10:53 pm
      • he was wanted for 3-counts of sexual battery on a victim over 12…

        Friday, 29 September 2017, 1:33 pm
        • Whn was the “foumded”, proven?

          Saturday, 30 September 2017, 6:02 pm
  • Less momey spent on housing him in prison.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 4:39 pm

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