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Double murder / suicide in Wellington

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The ordinarily quiet subdivision of Wellington was interrupted by gunfire around 5:00 PM on November 21, 2022. Three people were found deceased inside the home. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has reported that the incident is a double murder in which the assailant took their own life.

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Just before 5:00 PM, a 911 call was received from 11071 Heathrow Avenue in Spring Hill regarding a family member with a gun.

Around 2:00 PM, deputies responded to the residence regarding a caller having issues with a family member. Three family members were residing in the home. The responding deputy explained the eviction process to family members at that time. According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s office, “The deputy explained the process regarding eviction and offered to assist the family in coming to a compromise that would be suitable for all parties involved. Prior to the deputy clearing the call, all three family members agreed “the issue was over.””

During the second emergency call, the 911 operator spoke with a female resident who requested a deputy respond because a male resident had a firearm. The Sheriff’s Office reported, “The 911 Operator heard what she believed to be a gunshot, followed by the caller screaming and asking the male to “put the gun down.” A second shot was heard. There was no further conversation with the caller.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office, “Based on the call, detectives believe the first shot involved the female homeowner, the second shot was to the second female guest. The third shot, was the male homeowner. Detectives believe the male homeowner shot both residents before turning the firearm on himself.”

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The investigation shows the incident to be a domestic double murder/suicide. Law enforcement states there is no danger to the community.

The investigation continues.

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