Citrus County deputies shoot, kill suspect

- The Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies were forced to shoot a suspect after a chase and crash involving deputies.

It started around 5 p.m. Saturday in Hernando. 

Deputies were looking for 28-year-old Brian Batchelder, who reportedly threatened to shoot someone at the Xtreme Games 3.

Patrol units say they found him speeding down 41 north, but the pursuit ensued because of high speeds and traffic volume.

A short time later, deputies say they found Batchelder speeding down SB 491 and then SB on 41 through Hernando, passing the Xtreme Games store. Deputies say he pointed a firearm in their direction.

They say Batchelder ran a red light, speeding directly towards deputies, who put themselves between Batchelder and citizens.

Deputies say Batchelder crashed into a sheriff's vehicle, pushing it into three parked cars.

One of the vehicles hit a CCSO deputy. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Deputies say they discharged their weapons towards Batchelder's vehicle. He died a short time later.

FDLE will now take over the investigation. The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay per agency policy.

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