Deputy fatally shoots drug offender during violent confrontation, Marion officials say

Shooting investigation underway in Citra, deputies say

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

CITRA, Fla. - A Marion County deputy fatally shot a drug offender who was fleeing a treatment facility Thursday afternoon, officials from the Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said they were called to Phoenix House Rehabilitation Facility on U.S. Highway 301 in Citra around 12:53 p.m. in reference to locating a man, identified Friday afternoon as Dustin Odom, who had just fled the facility in violation of his court-ordered parole.

Odom, 30, fled into a heavily wooded area behind the facility as deputies responded, a news release said.

Odom was uncooperative and then "violently confronted" the deputies, which is when one of them opened fire and fatally shot the man, according to authorities.

It's unclear if the man was armed.

Authorities said Friday that Deputy Roy Johnson, a 14-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, fatally shot Odom. Deputy Kevin Johnson, a 7-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was also present but did not fire his weapon, a news release said.

No deputies were injured in the shooting, according to a Facebook post from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure.

No other details were immediately available.

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