Deputy Shoots Man Twice
A man is in the hospital recuperating after he was shot twice by a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy.
Authorities say the man was shot after he pointed his own gun at the deputy.
It happened at a home inside the Ocala Estates subdivision Sunday night.
After a 911 call about a suicide came in, deputies found 53-year-old Roger Damms on his front porch holding a rifle. But when deputy John Lightle told him to lower the gun, he says Damms pointed it at him.
"As police officers, it's our first duty to make sure we come out alive," Yolanda Carbia of FDLE told TV20.
Lghtle fired twice, striking Damms in the upper body as his wife watched from the door.
He was flown to Shands and is expected to survive.
Now FDLE is investigating the use of deadly force, something they say is standard when officers take aim and shoot.
"Until the investigation is over, you do not determine if it was justified or not justified," Carbbia said.
Crime scene investigators were combing the area Monday afternoon, looking for shell casings and other clues to help determine what happened.
Deputy Lightle has been with the Marion County Sheriff's department for one year, and Carbia said he did not have any disciplinary actions on his records.
As of Monday evening, Damms was listed in stable condition at Shands Hospital.
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