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HCSO names man killed in deputy-involved shooting

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The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has released the name of the man shot by deputies earlier this month. The incident took place when HSCO law enforcement personnel attempted to serve a pair of arrest warrants on the Spring Hill man.

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In the early morning hours of Nov. 11, HCSO deputies went to a residence at 12480 Feather St. in Spring Hill to serve Gary Jean Schryver, 61, with felony warrants for Violation of Drug Offender Probation and for Trafficking in Stolen Property and Giving False Information to a Pawnbroker.

According to HCSO Media Relations Manager, Denise Moloney, Schryver who went by at least 10 different aliases and used at three security numbers, had a violent criminal history dating back to 1977, and was previously arrested on several charges including felony burglary, assault and battery, dealing in stolen property, defrauding a pawnbroker and grand theft.

He initially became known to HCSO deputies in Feb. 2018 when they responded to a report that a suspicious man was walking around the Family Dollar store at Marble Avenue and Spring Hill Drive carrying a firearm.

When deputies caught up the man and identified him, Schryver became immediately confrontational. Very shortly thereafter, the deputy at the scene reported that shots were fired.

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In that incident, Schryver was shot by the deputy and transported to a local hospital in stable condition. He later recovered from his injuries.
In the Nov. 12 incident deputies arrived at the residence on Feather Street in Spring Hill, were invited inside, then taken to a bedroom where Schryver was located.

When they initially made contact with him, Schryver immediately became confrontational.
“Schryver’s actions led to the deputy-involved shooting,” Moloney said.

After the shooting, two other residents of the Feather Street house were also placed under arrest on Nov. 11. Both had extensive criminal histories.
According to protocol, the deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.
Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating the incident to determine, among other things, whether the use of force was justified.

The HCSO will provide more information in that investigation as details are verified by that agency.

The HCSO will conduct its own internal investigation into the shooting incident to ensure agency policy and law enforcement best practices were followed, Moloney said.

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