Osceola County deputies shot and killed a man in Kissimmee Thursday after he pointed a gun at them, according to the sheriff.
Osceola County Sheriff Marco Lopez said there were several reports of a white man with a firearm just after 3:30pm at the Remington subdivision off Partin Settlement Road.
Several deputies responded to Remington Blvd & Club Villas Lane in Kissimmee. Upon arrival they saw an older, white male with a firearm. The male was given numerous verbal commands to put down the gun. Instead of complying with the verbal commands of the deputies, the white male raised the firearm and pointed it at one of the deputies.
“Three deputies responded to the scene, and they encountered this man with the firearm,” Sheriff Lopez said.
“At one point, from my understanding, he points the firearm at the deputies,” Lopez said. “The deputies, how they’re trained, you point a firearm at them, they’re going to shoot you. It’s just the (reality) of life.”
Sheriff Lopez said the man was incapacitated and the deputies immediately started administering CPR. According to the Sheriff, an independent witness said that the man fired at the deputies first, but that is under investigation.
According to Sheriff Lopez, two of the three deputies involved fired at the suspect, killing him.
“We just want you to know this tragedy all the way around and when these kinds of things happen, it’s sad, but please don’t point a firearm at law enforcement,” Lopez said.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating. The State Attorney’s Office was on scene, Sheriff Lopez said.