Suspected sex offender dead after shootout with U.S. Marshals

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A suspected sex offender is dead after a shootout with U.S. Marshals and Hernando County Deputies, according to Sheriff Al Nienhius. 

The sheriff said detectives were serving a warrant for charges of sexual battery on a "very young victim."

Sheriff Nienhuis said the suspect fired at least one shot at deputies and detectives, who returned fire.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No law enforcement officers were injured.

The sheriff said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, The U.S. Marshals Office, and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office were all on the scene. 

The view from SkyFOX showed dozens of law enforcement vehicles blocking a roadway. Traffic was being diverted through a field. 

Several non-law enforcement or unmarked vehicles were stopped in the roadway, as well. 

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