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Man found dead in gated community after shooting, house fire

Neighbor also shot in incident on Strathmore Circle near Kissimmee

A home is destroyed by fire near Kissimmee.
A home is destroyed by fire near Kissimmee.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A man was found dead inside a home destroyed by fire and his neighbor was wounded in a shooting early Monday in a gated community in Osceola County, sheriff’s officials said.

The incident was reported around 4:30 a.m. on Strathmore Circle near the Remington Golf Club, east of Kissimmee.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said several shots were fired and surrounding homes were struck.

Numerous 911 calls reported the shooting and house fire, officials said.

A first responder heard gunshots inside the burning home and also discovered a neighbor suffering from gunshot wounds, according to authorities. The neighbor was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

“The fire department responded. At some point while they were there, deputies and fire department personnel, they heard what they believed to be gunfire,” Maj. Jacob Ruiz from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said. “They found cover, got out of the area, until it was deemed safe again to return.”

That’s when a SWAT team was called out and worked to clear the home room by room as much as possible and found a man dead inside.

“Our SWAT team actually trains for things like this where we can only clear buildings or rooms with limited entry. So, this is how they were able to do that and confirm that there was somebody inside deceased," Ruiz said.

The man’s cause of death has not been released.

Details about what led to the shooting and fire are not yet known.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies have previously been called to the home, including last week to serve an injunction, but no other details were released. There was also a disturbance between neighbors reported about a year ago, according to Ruiz.

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