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911 operator hears as 3 people were killed in Spring Hill double murder-suicide

The 911 operator reportedly heard the caller tell someone to "put the gun down" after the first shots rang out. The second shot followed closely behind.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Three people were found dead Monday evening inside a Spring Hill home after authorities heard what sounded like gunshots in the background of a 911 call, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

Just before 5 p.m., someone inside a house, located in the area of Heathrow Avenue and Wexford Boulevard, called 911 and asked for deputies to come, claiming there was a family member with a gun.

A deputy went to the house earlier in the day at around 2 p.m. because of issues with the three family members living together, the sheriff's office explained. Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the two residents who live in the home wanted a third resident to move out. 

However, there was no crime committed. According to the agency, the deputy was able to clear the call after all family members agree that "the issue was over."

"Deputies explained the eviction process and left the scene," Nienhuis said previously.

That was until the second 911 call came in later that evening.

The sheriff's office said during a 911 call, an argument was heard going on in the background followed by the sound of gunshots. The 911 operator reportedly heard the caller tell someone to "put the gun down."

Then came a second shot. There was no further conversation with the caller.

In the phone recording, it is believed there were three gunshots over an 8-minute period. Detectives say based on the call, they believe the first shot was aimed at the female homeowner, the second shot was at the guest and then finally the third shot was the male homeowner turning the gun on himself.

By the time the Hernando County Sheriff's deputies arrived, all three were found dead inside the home.

Authorities believe the three were blood-related or related by marriage. It's being investigated as a double-murder suicide, Nienhuis said previously in a Facebook post.

The sheriff's office believes the deadly shooting was domestic in nature and says there is no threat to the public. Authorities have not yet released the identities of the people found dead inside the home.

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