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Neighbor shoots domestic violence suspect who barged into home, Pasco deputies say

William Rogers was pronounced dead on Belcher Lane near the Cypress Creek Flood Detention Area.
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LAND O' LAKES, Fla — A neighbor fatally shot a man accused of domestic violence against a woman shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday in Pasco County, deputies say.

A 51-year-old woman ran to call 911 after "a domestic violence incident" with 55-year-old William Rogers at their Belcher Lane home, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said she went to the home of neighbor Brian Scruggs, 50, but William followed her inside without permission.

"Brian Scruggs, the homeowner, confronted William and asked him to leave multiple times, at which point Brian defended himself by shooting William," sheriff's office spokesperson Benecia Holder wrote in an email.

William Rogers died at the scene, law enforcement said.

Detectives have not yet released any further information.

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