Lake County deputies fatally shoot man after standoff in Eustis

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — A man holding two family members hostage in a home in Eustis stepped outside and confronted deputies, who then shot and killed him in an alley, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to assist the Eustis Police Department after they say Tracy Allan Richards barricaded himself, his wife and her brother in a home around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office did not give an address where the shooting happened.

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Deputies said SWAT came out and they tried to talk the suspect down.

Richards eventually came out of the house with his gun to his head, deputies said. He then went into the back of a nearby shopping plaza as SWAT followed.

When Richards reached an area where he was cornered, deputies said he pointed the gun at deputies and charged at them. Deputies returned fire, killing him.

Deputies said none of the hostages was hurt.

The name of the deputy, or deputies, that fired the fatal shot has not been released.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is on scene investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure.