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Suspect Killed After Attacking Lake County Deputy With Oar


Authorities in Florida have identified a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy after he beat the deputy with an oar in a lake.

Sgt. Fred Jones of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office told local news outlets that 49-year-old Wayne Donald Dorsey was the man killed Tuesday.

The deputy, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 12 years, was placed on paid administrative leave.

Jones said that deputies responded Tuesday night to a hit-and-run incident in which the suspect crashed into a store and then another vehicle.

The suspect ran and ended up in a lake in Fruitland Park. Jones says that when deputies caught up, the suspect began to strike a deputy with an oar.

Jones says the deputy, who was in chest-deep water, used a stun gun on the suspect. He says the suspect again tried to hit the deputy in the head with the oar, which is when the deputy shot him.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No further information has been released.

This story was updated on Dec. 9 at 2:35 p.m. 

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  1. Let me guess — the deputy feared for his life, because death by oar. Wasn’t pissed off, wasn’t acting from rage or frustration. Just really thought someone swinging an oar in chest deep water could kill him. Riiiiight.

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