Stolen credit card leads to lawsuit, then shooting in Leesburg, Lake County Sheriff’s Office says

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A Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired at a vehicle Monday afternoon after the driver of that vehicle began to drive toward the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

The agency said deputies were looking for a car believed to be linked to an investigation into a stolen credit card used at a Walmart in Leesburg. This car was apparently found in the Lady Lake area.

When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver drove off and a brief chase began, the agency said. It ended after the suspect vehicle pulled up to a closed mobile home park in Leesburg.

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired at a vehicle Monday afternoon after the driver of that vehicle began to drive toward the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired at a vehicle Monday afternoon after the driver of that vehicle began to drive toward the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

“The deputy parked behind and got out of his car, but at that point the suspect actually started a three-point U-turn once he got to the door, and at that point, he walked over to the deputy,” Lt. John explained. Herrell with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. “At that moment he opened fire.

Lt. Herrell said three people were inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting and allegedly abandoned the vehicle and fled. All three were eventually taken into custody. Two were taken to hospital with minor injuries, the sheriff’s office said. It is not known whether they were injured in the shooting, during the chase or after fleeing the vehicle.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting, as is standard procedure for all shootings involving law enforcement officers.

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