HCSO Alert

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).

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.

Man Arrested in Connection with Wheystone Drive Homicide

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of a 57-year-old Hernando County man earlier today in eastern Hernando County.

Dana Gaffney Sr., W/M DOB/10-17-1962, was shot shortly after 8 a.m. at his Wheystone Drive home by his grandson, Timothy Ryan Gaffney, W/M DOB/05-24-1999.

Following the incident, Dana Gaffney Sr. was transported to a nearby trauma center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives Investigating Domestic Violence Homicide

On 10-29-19 at 11:03pm, an operator in the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center answered a 9-1-1 call from a male who stated that he just killed his wife with a firearm.

Deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue were immediately dispatched to the scene in Ridge Manor Estates.

The caller, Todd Belville, provided his name and address to the operator.

Belville told the operator the gun was put away, and that he had been drinking beer, and shot his wife because they had gotten into an argument.

Man Charged with Second Degree Murder After Shooting

On 10-26-19 just before 10:30 p.m., operators in the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received numerous calls regarding a Shooting at 26393 Siedel Street in Brooksville (Rolling Acres subdivision). Callers stated a man had been shot and the person who shot him had fled in a vehicle.

Deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Deputies Investigating Animal Cruelty and Abuse Case

On 10-15-19 just before 11:30 a.m., an anonymous caller contacted the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to report possible animal abandonment.

The caller stated that animals, possibly dogs, were being kept in a storage unit in the area of Hale Avenue and Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard in the City of Brooksville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a self-storage facility to be located at 1000 Hale Avenue in Brooksville. An Animal Enforcement Officer (AEO) was dispatched to that location in an effort to locate the animals.