In Tallahassee, Florida, a man who has threatened police in the past set his house on fire this past Saturday. He also fatally shot a deputy and wounded another officer before he was killed by a cop nearby.
According to the AP:
The man’s name and address had been entered into a law enforcement computer system because of previous threats, but the 911 dispatcher who entered the fire call put in the address of a neighbor who reported the blaze, so the alert wasn’t activated and the Leon County deputy who responded first had no warning, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information.
The gunman was hiding outside the house when the deputy approached about 10:15 a.m., the official said. He shot the deputy from behind, shot him again after he fell and then took the deputy’s gun. The gunman then tried to take other weapons from the deputy’s car, but they were locked down, said the official said, who had spoken to law enforcement officials handling the case.
Leon County Sheriff’s spokesman James McQuaig said that the deputy was ambushed and killed at the scene. McQuaig also explained:
There are a lot of components at work right now. This scene is still active. It is still developing.
We will keep you updated on the developing story, and we pray for the victims and their families.