INVERNESS, Fla. — Citrus County deputies shot a suspect after he gained control of a deputy's taser and used it on that deputy and another assisting detective, according to the Sheriff's Office.
- Incident occurred just before noon Thursday
- Suspect had outstanding warrant
- FDLE now investigating shooting, deputies on administrative leave
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According to officials, detectives were conducting a drug investigation at a home in Inverness just before noon Thursday when they identified an individual in a passing car as wanted on an outstanding warrant.
A marked patrol car then conducted a traffic stop on the individual, identified as 41-year-old Scott Jennings. As deputies made contact with Jennings he began to resist commands and a struggle ensued.
During that struggle, Jennings gained control of a deputy's taser and used it on that deputy and another assisting detective. At that point, after he refused to drop the taser, he was shot.
The deputy and assisting detectives were treated at the scene for their injuries. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his wound.
"The willingness of this suspect to resort to physical violence during our contact is unsettling," said Citrus Sheriff Mike Prendergast in a statement. An aggravated battery on three law enforcement officers like this could have easily ended the life of one of our deputies or that of the suspect."
Jennings was previously wanted for assault in Vermont.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on leave, per agency policy.