BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — In the peaceful woods of Brooksville, deputies are engaged in an all-out dragnet to find a robber who, with another man, used guns to hold up a Dollar General store.
“He’s probably getting pretty tired and pretty desperate so I think we have to assume he’s pretty dangerous, and that’s why the public shouldn’t engage him,” Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.
It all started around noon on Tuesday. Witnesses to the robbery followed the suspects’ blue truck as they made their getaway from the Dollar General, located at 6336 Sherman Hills Blvd.
At one point, the witnesses boxed the bad guys in, calling 911 at the same time. But, the robbers took off and drove about 15 miles away. Then they bailed out and split up.
Two Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a K-9 confronted one of the suspects at Saturn and Endsley roads. At least one deputy fired his gun and killed the suspect.
The second guy ran off and could be hiding somewhere near US 41 and Ayers Road. Residents in the Brooksville area are being asked to stay inside. He is described as a white male in his 20s. He was wearing jeans and a black shirt. He’s believed to be near US 41 and Ayers Road.
“(Be alert and contact law enforcement) if you hear anything suspicious, the dogs barking, you hear any strange noises outside, particularly in south central Hernando County, around US 41 and the south part of the county,” the sheriff said.
As the sun set, deputies responded to several calls from people thinking they saw the suspect or who had evidence he was close by. A woman said her dog’s barking was not usual. A homeowner thought his door was ajar.
We’ve learned both robbers may be responsible for crimes in the northeast. “It all seems as though these individuals were definitely violent and not afraid to interact with law enforcement in a negative way,” Sheriff Nienhuis said.
No deputies were injured in the shooting.
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