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Law enforcement in Florida looking for man who opened fire on deputy who used vehicle for cover

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Florida deputies in Marion County are on the hunt for whoever fired shots into a crowd this weekend, striking the door of a MCSO Patrol SUV.

Investigators under Sheriff Billy Woods are looking for clues in regards to the shooting, which took place outside of a Citra nightclub at around 3AM when Deputy Joseph Spratlin was attempting to disperse the crowd.

Dashing for cover,  Spratlin focused on getting bystanders to safety and did not have time to return fire. Other deputies arrived on the scene but the crowd had largely dispersed by then.

According to My CBS 4, Sheriff Woods was incensed by the incident and voiced his displeasure to the public.

“Enough is enough,” Woods wrote. “A law enforcement officer’s worst fear came true in Gilchrist County last week, and I can tell you that all of my people are on edge. The shooting early this morning hits us right here at home and this type of senseless violence has got to stop. Every single day, all of us in law enforcement, whether we wear green, blue or black and tan uniforms, leave our families to serve and protect you, our citizens. I implore you to at least help us protect you from those who commit crimes like this. Whoever committed this crime last night is a danger to us all. Someone needs to do the right thing and turn that person, or persons, in TODAY.”

Woods, of course, was referencing the two Gilchrist County lawmen who were ambushed in a deadly attack earlier this month.


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