Knife-wielding suspect shot dead by Hernando deputies

A man who allegedly entered a Brooksville residence and stabbed two dogs was shot dead by Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputies after the suspect allegedly refused to drop the knife.

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. -- A man who allegedly broke into a home, killed one dog and stabbed another refused to drop his knife when confronted by deputies and was fatally shot during a struggle.

Deputies used deadly force on the suspect, who was not identified, around 10:39 a.m. Monday morning following a brief confrontation with deputies, Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in a press briefing.

Sheriff Nienhuis said that multiple calls about a man acting erratically in the area of Cedar Lane near Duffield Road in Brooksville around 10:03 a.m.

The suspect was reportedly running through the woods without shoes and ran into a fence. One resident reported that the suspect threatened the homeowner with a knife and destroyed a fence.

Two deputies arrived at the scene at 10:18 and engaged the suspect. Nienhuis said that at around 10:37 deputies ordered the man to drop the knife and then deployed an electronic control device on the man when he did not comply. The ECD was unsuccessful and the suspect became physically confrontational with the deputies, Nienhuis said.

Two minutes later, the report of shots fired came over the radio.

The deputies began performing first aid on the suspect, who was transported to an area hospital where he later died.

One deputy was treated for a minor cut from the knife attack and released from the hospital.

Following the confrontation, HCSO said that the agency received a call from a resident who said the suspect broke into their home and was "literally bouncing off the walls," Nienhuis said. The suspect allegedly attacked two dogs, killing one.

"This person was obviously in crisis, obviously delusional and obviously very dangerous," Nienhuis said.

The two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been notified of the shooting and will investigate the incident.

Stay with 10News for more from this developing story.

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