SWAT team fatally shoots man during Osceola County standoff, sheriff says

Man accused of pointing firearm at deputies

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - SWAT team members fatally shot an armed man in Kissimmee on Tuesday, bringing a two-hour long standoff to an end, according to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson.

The incident began when a woman called 911 around 9 a.m. saying that her husband was threatening to commit suicide at a residence on Cinder Lane, authorities said. The SWAT team was called in when deputies learned that the man, who has not been identified, had a firearm in his possession.

Gibson said that about two hours into the standoff, the man pointed his gun at the SWAT team, prompting them to open fire.

"While negotiators were working to try to get the male to cooperate, the male pointed a firearm at SWAT team members, which they perceived as a threat to their lives. At that moment, SWAT team members took the action necessary to neutralize the threat and preserve their lives," Gibson said.

The man died at a local hospital. His wife was not injured.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure in deputy-involved shootings.

Five deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave, but it's unclear how many of them fired their weapons.

No other information was immediately available.

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