The Hernando County Sheriff's office is investigating an deputy-involved shooting in Brooksville.
According to the sheriff's office, a deputy shot a man near the intersection of Cedar Lane and Duffield Road around 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis said during a news conference, the suspect was acting irrational and broke into a nearby home prior to the shooting and threatened residents with a knife. The man rampaged the home, hit the family's pitbull with a tire iron and stabbed a basset hound.
When deputies arrived, they found the suspect running in a wooded area with no shoes and carrying a knife.
The man refused to drop the knife when deputies approached him, said Nienhuis.
Nienhuis said the deputies deployed their tasers, but it did not subdue the suspect who then scuffled with the deputies.
One deputy fired and hit the suspect.
The man was taken to Brooksville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
One deputy was cut by the knife during the scuffle and is being treated.
Nienhuis said drugs may be a factor.
During a new conference, Sheriff Nienhuis said one of the dogs had been killed. The dog is alive.
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