ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County deputies surrounded an Avalon Park home Sunday when they said a man with a shotgun threatened to kill everyone inside, including himself.
Deputies said just before noon, the man began acting strangely and his wife had to call 911.
When deputies arrived at the home on Perdido Drive, they said the man barricaded himself inside the home with his family members and a standoff ensued.
A friend was also inside the home.
“At some point the family members barricaded themselves inside the home in a closet,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. “They were fearful of their lives because this individual was known, [to have] several hand guns in the house."
The standoff continued for nearly two hours and neighbors were evacuated as deputies spoke to those inside the house via a 911 operator.
At one point, neighbors said they saw the deputies go into the home and after several minutes, deputies brought out the family members, including the gunman’s wife and two adult children.
“They were outside, gathered around the house in strategic areas. Some were in front of the house for a while and eventually I saw them channel into the front door,” said neighbor Ryan Carroll.
Deputies said eventually the suspect came out of the home, armed with a loaded shotgun and a deputy told him to drop his weapon.
They said when he didn’t listen, the deputy fired one round, killing the 47-year-old.
Officials said it was a very difficult situation for the deputy because although they said the man was suicidal, they said he was also homicidal.
Deputies said the man had taken about 20 Xanax pills, and they’ve been called to the home in the past.
They’ve been called to the home in the past and the man is known to have some mental issues.
FDLE is now working this investigation and the deputy involved is on routine paid leave tonight.
During a news conference, Demings said it’s been a rough week for the deputies following the death of Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine.
Pine was shot and killed Monday night while trying to arrest a burglary suspect.
Pine was laid to rest Saturday.