Sheriff: Marion deputy shot, killed rehab patient who 'violently confronted' officers


A Marion County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who "violently confronted" officers after he escaped from the Phoenix House Rehabilitation Facility in Citra, the sheriff's office said Thursday.

Deputies say they responded to a call at the rehab center at 12:53 p.m. that a drug offender had fled the facility, violating his court-ordered parole. Deputies say a probation officer requested their help taking the man into custody. As deputies responded, the suspect ran into a heavily wooded area behind the facility.

"When approached, the subject was uncooperative with deputies' demands then violently confronted the pursuing deputies," according to a sheriff's office statement. "It was at this point when one of the deputies shot and killed the suspect."

A sheriff's office spokesman said it's still under investigation whether the suspect was armed.

The deputy is a 12-year veteran. No deputies were wounded.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

Check back with CBS 4 for more details.

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