Suspect killed after exchanging gunfire with Hernando deputies, US Marshals

Officers were trying to arrest the man on a warrant for sexually assaulting a child.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - One person was killed while exchanging gunfire with law enforcement Wednesday afternoon, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

Hernando County deputies and U.S. Marshals attempted to serve a warrant on a man wanted for several counts of sexual battery of a child. Authorities located the man driving on Trillium Boulevard and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, which is when shots were fired between the suspect and law enforcement, the sheriff's office said.

The suspect, who fired a long gun similar to an AR-15, was pronounced dead at the scene, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.

The shooting happened at about 4:50 p.m. at the entrance to the Trillium subdivision on Trillium Boulevard near County Line Road.

No further information was immediately available. 

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