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Woman killed in shootout with deputies, Pasco County Sheriff's Office says

Deputies did not say why she was being investigated before the shooting began.
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PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A woman was shot and killed in a shootout with deputies Saturday in the Ridge Crest Gardens area in Port Richey, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

She later was identified as 40-year-old Bonnie Figueroa-Ortiz, who was reported missing around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators say she "fled during an investigation" and fired a shot at deputies, who returned fire -- striking her once. She was treated by paramedics but died.

No deputies were hurt.

The sheriff's office Saturday evening said its deputies were responding to another call unrelated to Figueroa-Ortiz's missing person case when they came across her.

A criminal investigation regarding the deceased woman is underway and is being handled by the sheriff's office. Because deputies fired their weapons, a simultaneous investigation of the shooting itself will be handled by the state.

"The deputy-involved shooting investigation will be conducted by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement, due to a policy change that occurred due to
events across our nation and in joining with other Tampa Bay law enforcement
agencies," the sheriff's office explained in an email.

The woman's identity was not immediately released

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