ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after Orange County deputies shot and killed a domestic violence suspect.
The sheriff said deputies were trying to arrest Lewis Ruffin Jr., 38, near Texas Avenue and Americana Boulevard on Tuesday morning when he started shooting at them.
Watch: Orange County Sheriff John Mina gives update on deputy-involved shooting:
Deputies said Ruffin fired two rounds at them before he was shot and later died at a hospital.
At this time, the sheriff believes all five responding deputies fired shots.
“That’s part of the investigation, but that’s the initial information that all deputies fired back when they were fired upon by the suspect," Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.
Mina said his felony squad approached Ruffin at a home on Pendleton Drive a little after 11 a.m.
Mina said the squad “hunts down the most dangerous felons in our community” and responded to the address.
Deputies said Ruffin was wanted out of Altamonte Springs for domestic violence charges, including battery and false imprisonment as well as weapons charges.
The sheriff said police were in contact with Ruffin's girlfriend who was reportedly scared after getting numerous calls Tuesday.
“He had made statements to his girlfriend, the victim in the original case, that he was not going back to prison,” Mina said.
Mina said Ruffin was given medical attention on the scene, then taken to a hospital where he died.
He was the only person injured.
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