What could have been a potentially dangerous situation for brave law enforcement officers in Florida has now ended after a terrifying shooting and standoff in Mayo, Florida.
The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office says they were dispatched to a residence in the 1300 block of County Road near Mayo after the Department of Children's and Families contacted emergency 911 to report one of their employees was being held hostage by an armed man.
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Once Deputies from the LCSO arrived to the scene they said that the gunman confronted them outside the residence.
This resulted in Sheriff's Deputies contacting the Suwanee County Sheriff's Office to dispatch their SWAT Team to the scene and attempt to prevent any major injuries or loss of life.
Once the SWAT Team arrived to the scene the armed man then began to open fire on Deputies which resulted in return fire that was ongoing for several minutes until the suspect was shot.
Emergency Medical Responders then transported the suspect to Shands Hospital where he's listed in serious condition, although the number of times he was hit by officer-engaged fire remains unknown at this time.
Once Sheriff's Deputies searched the man they found at least four firearms, according to a Lafayette County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.
No Deputies from either Sheriff's Department were injured in the hail of gunfire and both agencies have requested an independent investigation to determine all facts of the officer involved shooting to present to the State Attorney before filing charges against the suspect.
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