Weapons Disturbance Results in Deputy-Involved Shooting 2/1/10

On 02-01-2020 at 2:33 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 5000 block of Golf Club Lane in Spring Hill (Silverthorn subdivision) regarding a Weapons Disturbance.

The 9-1-1 caller told the operator that a family member had a firearm and was threatening family members with it. Almost immediately, the caller told the 9-1-1 operator that the suspect was firing the weapon, inside the residence.

At some point prior to the arrival of the first deputy, the suspect shot a family member inside the residence (not the caller).

HCSO Deputy Rescues Passed Out Driver from Head-On Crash 1/25/20

On 01-25-20 just after 1 a.m., deputies responded to U.S. 41, just south of Lake Lindsay Road in Brooksville, in reference to a head-on collision.

Upon law enforcement’s arrival, one of the vehicles was on fire.

Upon further investigation, deputies learned the driver of the vehicle who caused the crash had yet to exit the burning vehicle.

K-9 Deputy Jason Jernigan immediately headed over to the vehicle, which was now almost fully engulfed in flames. Deputy Jernigan was able to remove the driver, who was passed out behind the wheel, from the burning vehicle.

Marine Deputies Rescue Infant from Overturned Canoe

On 01-03-20, Marine Deputy Steve Snell was training Patrol Deputy Zachary Burkhart the position of Marine Deputy on the Weeki Wachee River. Both deputies were operating the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office personal watercraft (PWC) to patrol the river, conduct watercraft stops, and check vessels for safety equipment.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., both deputies stopped in the area of the 2-mile marker to take a lunch break when they observed a canoe overturn.

Detectives Investigating Stabbing in Spring Hill

Update 01-06-20

All parties involved in this incident have requested to sign waivers of prosecution. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is no longer investigating the incident.


Original Report:

On 01-03-20 just before 3 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 2600 block of Landover Boulevard in Spring Hill regarding a Stabbing.

Deputy Saves Child with Narcan

On 12-31-19 in the early afternoon hours, Hernando County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in the northern section of the county regarding a Suicide Attempt.

Dispatchers received information that a child (younger than 13 years of age) was in the home with a sibling.  The child, in question, reportedly had just been dropped off from having attended a mental health counseling session.  The sibling in the home was unable to make contact with the child, who was inside the bathroom.

A neighbor was contacted to provide assistance.

HCSO: Juveniles Nabbed After Stealing, Crashing Stolen Vehicle from Southern Hills

On 12-25-2019, four juveniles, who were court-ordered to stay in a group home in Brooksville over the Christmas holiday, decided to sneak out during the early morning hours.

The four juveniles, all males from Hillsborough County, traveled on foot down Powell Road, and then north on Broad Street until they reached the entrance to the Southern Hills community.

Once inside Southern Hills, which is gated, the juveniles started pulling on the handles of numerous vehicles, attempting to gain entry into unlocked vehicles.

HCSO Investigates Christmas Eve Shooting/Stolen Vehicle Incident in Brooksville

On 12-24-2019 at 5:02 a.m., Hernando County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Cedar Avenue in the city of Brooksville regarding a report of a possible carjacking.

A homeowner in the area advised being awakened by the sound of gunshots between 4:30 and 4:45 a.m. He then heard his front door open and water running in the bathroom.

The witness told deputies he entered the bathroom where he discovered his son’s friend bleeding from the face. The friend had been staying at the residence with his son prior to the incident.

HCSO Loses One of Its Own

Sheriff Al Nienhuis is saddened and deeply regrets to announce the sudden passing of retired Lieutenant Colonel Royce M. Decker Jr.

Lt. Colonel Decker dedicated his life to law enforcement, serving the citizens of Hernando County from November 1983 until he retired in July 2013.

In addition to proudly serving as a law enforcement officer, Lt. Colonel Decker taught criminal justice courses in various colleges and universities throughout his law enforcement career and into retirement.