• Highlands Co. homes shot at with assault rifle

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    HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. - Highlands County deputies said they were forced to shoot and kill a person who repeatedly fired a high-powered assault rifle at their patrol cars.

    Deputies responded around 4:45 a.m. Sunday on Plantation Road after reports of shots being fired at houses in the area.

    When deputies arrived they took cover behind their patrol cars and houses. They said heavy fog made it difficult to see the shooter.

    Their patrol cars were hit by numerous bullets.

    Officers ordered the suspect to stop his weapon but he did not comply.

    That’s when an officer shot the suspect, who died at the scene.

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