Six MCSO deputies on paid administrative leave after two separate shooting incidents, receive counseling
OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - Law enforcement officials put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day, and a growing number of their calls are recorded on video.
Over the course of a month, six Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies were faced with life or death situations.
On Nov. 15, three deputies responded to a reported shooting in the Orange Springs/Fort McCoy area. That incident ended with deputies killing a man after he threatened them with a shotgun.
On Nov. 29, deputies were shot at while responding to a shots fired call in Silver Springs. Nobody was injured in that incident.
“It’s very difficult for us on our end to catch that until it’s sometimes too late. We do find some on traffic stops and things like that but a lot of these fire arms are stolen,” MCSO Public Relations Director, Sgt. Paul Bloom said.
In these situations, deputies are put on paid administrative leave and receive counseling services.
“This is something that’s going to be with them for the rest of their lives. They didn’t want to have to do that. They were forced to do this and it’s unfortunate,” Bloom said.
The Nov. 15 incident is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
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