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Man, woman dead after Lake County deputies attempt to serve out-of-state warrant

Deputies investigating suspected murder-suicide

Lake County deputies say a man and woman were found dead inside a home on Picciola Road after a standoff.
Lake County deputies say a man and woman were found dead inside a home on Picciola Road after a standoff. (News 6)

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A man and a woman were found dead at the end of a standoff that began when deputies attempted to serve an out-of-state warrant, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

According to deputies, they went to a residence on Picciola Road at 12:45 p.m. Thursday to serve an out-of-state felony warrant.

The hostage negotiation team responded and several other units tried to get the subject to surrender, but ultimately deputies heard what they thought were gunshots and made the decision to enter the home, records show.

“After numerous announcements on the PA system, the door of the residence was breached with the bomb squad robot,” officials said. “Video from the robot indicated that a white male and white female, both in their 30s, were dead from gunshot wounds.”

They were identified Thursday evening as 37-year-old Randall Hopkins, of Virginia, and 36-year-old Amanda Hopkins, who had a Tennessee driver’s license.

Deputies said they were trying to arrest Randall Hopkins on charges of violation of probation, grand larceny, felony trespassing and felony fraud. All the charges were out of Virgina.

His death and Amanda Hopkins’ death are now under investigation.

“All indications lead us to believe it to be a murder-suicide,” officials said.

No shots were fired by deputies during the standoff.


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