Man fatally shot after breaking into house, stabbing dogs

- Hernando County deputies responded to multiple calls Monday morning about a man acting erratically, running barefoot through the woods wielding a knife. They ended up shooting him.

One resident reported that the suspect threatened him with a knife and broke down his fence by running into it. 

Deputies arrived on the scene at 10:18 a.m. and located the suspect. According to HCSO, the suspect refused to drop the knife, so deputies deployed Tasers. The Tasers, however, had no effect.

"They repeatedly told him to put the weapon down, they tased him several times, he snatched them right out like it was nothing," said witness James Allen Ryals, Jr.

At 10:39 a.m. shots were fired. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

One of the deputies suffered a minor knife wound, but is OK.

At the time the deputies were engaging with the man, Sheriff Al Nienhuis said another call came in from a resident just two blocks away. This resident told deputies that the same suspect broke into their house and stabbed both of their dogs. They are both expected to be OK.

"We were sitting at the table having chicken noodle soup, and a guy burst through our backdoor with a tire iron and knife," said Terry Green, victim. "My pit bull was on his feet biting his feet while he was walking through the house. He is a hero, he had the guy by his feet all the way through my house."

Sheriff Nienhuis said the suspect was wielding both a knife and a tire iron, and was “literally bouncing off the walls in the house.”

“The person was obviously in crisis, obviously delusional, and obviously very dangerous," he said.

Both deputies who were involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with protocol, while FDLE conducts an investigation.

Nienhuis said that it is not out of the realm of possibility that the suspect was under the influence of drugs.

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