CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – Citrus County officials rescued four victims after a suspect barricaded them in a home Saturday.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, around 4 p.m. MPs received reports of an armed suspect barricaded in a house near the intersection of Highway 41 and Van Ness Road in Hernando.
MPs replied and worked to safely remove four victims who were being held in the house.
As the incident continued, the Citrus County’s Crisis Negotiation Team and the SWAT team safely rescued the four victims.
Members of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the rescue.
The victims then worked with officials to get the suspect out of the house, the sheriff’s office said.
After an hour of talking to the suspect, officials said SWAT members could convince the suspect to put down their guns and surrender.
The suspect was taken into custody.
Officials said they found a dead victim in the house.
“Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office specialist teams receive extensive year-round training to ensure they are prepared for incidents like this,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “The tireless efforts of our patrol officers, the SWAT team, the Crisis Negotiation Team, and our partners in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office saved the lives of four innocent people today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim Detectives will continue to work diligently bring them justice. “
Detectives from the Serious Crimes Division of the CCSO will continue to investigate the incident.