Officials: Suspect killed after attacking deputy with oar

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Posted: Dec 07, 2016 6:32 AM

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy sheriff shot and killed a suspect who authorities say beat the deputy with an oar in a lake.

Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Fred Jones tells local news outlets that deputies responded Tuesday night to a hit-and-run incident in which the suspect crashed into a store and then another vehicle.

The suspect ran and ended up in a lake in Fruitland Park. Jones says that when deputies caught up, the suspect began to strike a deputy with an oar.

Jones says the deputy, who was in chest-deep water, used a stun gun on the suspect. He says the suspect again tried to hit the deputy in the head with the oar, which is when the deputy shot him.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No further information has been released.