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Suspect Wanted for Shooting Ex-Girlfriend Before Taking His Own Life

CITRUS – Officials with the Citrus County Sherriff’s Office say, the man who took his own life in an officer involved shooting, early this morning, was being sought for shooting his ex-girlfriend hours earlier, in Hernando (Citrus County).

According to officials, the first incident occurred in Inverness, when Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Citrus Memorial Hospital at 10:00 PM Thursday evening in reference to a female being shot.  Upon arrival at the hospital, witnesses explained that the victim, Christina Kovacs, 19, of Dunnellon and the suspect, Jeffrey Lloyd, 25, of 6823 N. Birch Ter., Hernando, had been involved in an altercation earlier in the evening at a home on Croft Ave., Inverness, in which Lloyd allegedly told her to leave the residence and then pulled a gun on her. (The two were formerly a couple.)

Kovacs, who was with a friend at the time, left the residence but then returned to the house with some additional friends.  Lloyd allegedly fired shots through a window of the home, striking Kovacs.  She was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital and then transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where she will undergo surgery. Kovacs was alert prior to transport to Ocala Regional but her medical status is unknown at this time. Detectives will continue to investigate the details of this incident. 

Upon arrival at the location of the shooting at 1809 N. Croft Ave., Inverness, deputies discovered that Lloyd had left the scene.  Deputies obtained a description of the vehicle the suspect was in and were able to determine that he was headed to Hernando County.  The CCSO alerted the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy located a similar vehicle at a convenience store.  Lloyd died as a result of a gunshot wound.  His next of kin has been notified. (EARLIER REPORT). 

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the Deputy who fired shots, during this morning’s incident, as 34-year-old Wayne Peterson, a 10-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. 

Peterson is currently on paid administrative leave – standard procedure after any officer involved shooting, according to officials.  

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