• Deputies shoot, kill armed man who punched dog in face 3 times in The Villages

    By: Jason Kelly

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    SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies shot and killed an armed man Friday evening in The Villages near Lady Lake, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.

    Deputies were called shortly before 6:30 p.m. to Northeast 105th Lane near East County Road 466 and Northeast 90th Street after a report of a domestic disturbance, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Keszey said.

    "The victim met deputies at a nearby church where she stated the suspect punched their dog in the face three times," Keszey said. "An argument ensued (in which) the suspect then pushed the victim. The victim fled the scene with her children and contacted law enforcement."

    Investigators said they heard gunfire nearby while interviewing the victim.

    "While deputies were confronting the suspect, the suspect refused to comply with deputies' commands," Keszey said. "The suspect then raised his firearm at deputies. Two deputies fired shots, striking the suspect."

    The man, whom deputies identified as 38-year-old Anthony Coleman, was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center under a trauma alert status, where he later died from his injuries, the Sheriff's Office said. 

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

    No other details were given.

    Check back and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates to this developing story.

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