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FHP Pursuit & Shooting Incident

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On Sunday, April 28, 2019, just after 9:30 AM, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office contacted the FHP and requested assistance in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle, a 2007 Ford truck, on SR-44, west of US-41, in which the suspect driver had attempted to run over two Deputies during their pursuit. 

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Several FHP Troopers responded to the area, located the suspect at US-41 and Kabrick Road, and engaged in a pursuit of the stolen vehicle. 

The pursuit continued south into Hernando County and eastbound on CR-476 at which point Troopers observed the suspect driver point an unknown object towards the back window of the vehicle.  The suspect then discharged three rounds from a handgun at the Troopers.  One bullet struck a pursuing Trooper’s right front windshield. 

The pursuit continued eastbound on CR-476 into Sumter County where Troopers successfully completed a PIT maneuver on the suspect vehicle causing the suspect vehicle to overturn multiple times onto the south shoulder of CR-476. 

Unrestrained, the suspect was ejected as the vehicle overturned and crashed. 

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Troopers secured the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Travis Duane Lovett of Bushnell, Florida, and summoned medical assistance. 

Lovett, the only person injured during the incident, was initially airlifted to Bayonet Point, then transferred to Tampa General Hospital for injuries sustained when the vehicle crashed.

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology.
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