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Person shot, killed by Hernando County deputies after barricade situation

Posted at 5:23 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 14:17:08-04

SPRING HILL, Fla. — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says a person involved in a 12-hour barricade situation is dead after a deputy-involved shooting.

According to a press release, the sheriff's office was called to the scene on Embassy Avenue in Spring Hill around 12:20 p.m. after a domestic-related incident.

Upon arrival, deputies say they found one family member had been the victim of a battery resulting in injury. When detectives found who they believed to be the suspect, identified as James Collins, 61, he barricaded himself in the home.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis says officials tried to negotiate with Collins for about 12 hours, but the man made comments that he was "ready for this" and that it "wasn't going to go well."

Just before 1 a.m., Collins reportedly came out of the house holding a rifle with a flashlight taped to it.

Nienhuis says that Collins fixated himself on deputies and pointed the gun in their direction, thus endangering their lives and forcing one deputy to shoot. There was only one shot fired.

The sheriff's office says no one else was injured. The area in and around Embassy Avenue and Tarrytown Drive remains closed to traffic during the investigation.

FDLE will investigate the shooting.