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.
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