Man dead after shooting involving deputies near Clermont, officials say

Lake County deputies approached by man with rifle during well-being check on Pine Island Road

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A man has died after a well-being check near a Clermont home ended in a shooting involving deputies on Friday, the sheriff’s office said.

This unfolded after deputies said they responded to the 9200 block of Pine Island Road for a well-being check.

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“The individual who called us said they hadn’t seen him in awhile and wanted us to come and check on him,” Lake County Sgt. Jim Vachon said.

Upon arrival, deputies said they were confronted by a man, later identified as 69-year-old Donald Charles Brady, armed with a rifle and handgun.

Deputies said they sought cover and tried to communicate with the man, who retreated into his home without speaking to them. According to the sheriff’s office, the crisis negotiation team was called in and residents were asked to avoid the area prior to the shooting, during which at least one deputy fired shots.

Deputies did not say whether or not Brady fired shots as well.

“(Brady) did point firearms at our deputies so we are investigating that side of it as far as a crime,” Vachon said.

Deputies added that no law enforcement officials were injured in the shooting.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as we receive it.

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