Man shot by Sumter County deputies after refusing to put gun down, Sheriff’s Office says

Man shot by Sumter County deputies after refusing to put gun down, Sheriff’s Office says

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. — A man was shot by Sumter County deputies after he armed himself and refused to put down his gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday at about 9:30 p.m., deputies said they went to the area of State Road 44 and County Road 153 to respond to a domestic disturbance call involving a threat of self-harm.

Deputies said a man was drunk when he called a relative and told the relative he was going to commit suicide.

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Investigators said the man got a weapon and began loading it. The relative of the man then called 911.

When deputies arrived, they said the man refused to put the weapon down, so they attempted to Tase him, but it failed.

Deputies said the man made a move for his shotgun when he was shot by deputies. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy who fired the shot was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is part of the Sheriff’s Office’s policy and procedure.