Officials: Man dead after firing shots at deputies during undercover drug sting



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities said a man who fired shots at deputies during an undercover drug sting was found dead inside the garage of a home Wednesday.

The man barricaded himself inside the Belle Isle-area home after he shot at a narcotics officer during the undercover drug operation, authorities said Wednesday. 

The SWAT team stormed the home on Hawford Circle shortly after noon, and that is when authorities said they found 29-year-old Harrison Carter dead inside the garage.

During a news conference, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said, "More than likely, he was wounded by the deputies' gunfire."

For about two hours, deputies were positioned outside Carter's family's home.

The standoff started just before 10:30 a.m. when undercover deputies were doing surveillance on the home.

Investigators said two of the deputies attempted to intercept a package being delivered when Carter pointed a gun at them and deputies shot at him.

Carter retreated inside the home and returned fire.

"Multiple rounds were fired. Two deputies fired and the subject fired as well, not knowing what he was capable of," Demings said.

Surrounding homes were evacuated during the incident.

"I've got chills right now. It's scary," said resident Robin Durden.

Law enforcement from across central Florida converged on the Conway area.

"We're real close here and you worry about everybody in the area," said Durden.

Demings said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was called to investigate and that the deputies involved in the gunfire have been place on administrative duty during that investigation.