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Update: HCSO Deputies Exposed to Unknown Substance during Search of Spring Hill Residence

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Five deputies who became ill Thursday after entering a residence at 7031 Holiday Drive in Spring Hill during a felony search warrant were treated and released last night by medical personnel.

The deputies and two suspects were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Following treatment, all five deputies returned to duty and completed their shifts.

The symptoms they experienced were likely the result of exposure to second-hand smoke from methamphetamine the two suspects had recently been smoking.

The two suspects were arrested and taken to the Hernando County Detention Center.

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Their charges are as follows:

Shane Michael Woodruff, W/M DOB/03-29-1981, was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $8,000.

Tiylar Beal, W/M DOB/02-08-1997, was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Beal was given a no bond status during his first appearance on Friday.

Original Information

On 8-30-18 at approximately 7 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 7031 Holiday Drive in Spring Hill in an attempt to serve a felony warrant.

Deputies encountered two individuals at the house who gave deputies permission to search the residence.

Once inside, deputies were exposed to an unknown substance in the air and immediately exited the residence.

The two individuals found inside the residence were detained by law enforcement.
Deputies were unable to locate the wanted person inside the residence.

Upon exiting the residence five of the deputies became lightheaded.

Hernando County Fire Rescue personnel treated all five deputies at the scene. EMS also treated the two individuals found inside the house who were experiencing similar symptoms.

The Hernando County HAZMAT Team was called in to evaluate the scene and identify the unknown substance.

Additional details will be provided as they are made available.

Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil is a reporter for the Hernando Sun as well as a business technology developer, specializing in website development, content management systems, and data analysis.
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