Sabal Trail incident leads to chase, suspect's death

Citrus County deputies, Marion county deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol were led on a wild chase from Marion to Citrus County after a man shot at a pipe in the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The man was stopped near Floral City, and when he engage deputies, he was killed in the process. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on February 26, 2017).
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Citrus County deputies, Marion county deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol were led on a wild chase from Marion to Citrus County after a man shot at a pipe in the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. The man was stopped near Floral City, and when he engage deputies, he was killed in the process. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office on February 26, 2017).

Protests against the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline went to another level on Sunday when a man began shooting at the pipes in Marion County, and fled to Citrus County, where he died after being shot.
 
The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
 
According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, calls came into Marion County around 9 a.m. reporting an individual shooting at the Sabal Pipeline and pipeline construction equipment with a high-powered rifle. Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol all responded to the incident.
 
The shooter fled the area and a pursuit began in Citrus County on State Road 200. Citrus County deputies pursued the suspect along with the Florida Highway Patrol. The suspect was involved in a crash on the side of the road adjacent to the Floral City Park. 
 
This is where the suspect engaged the deputies and was subsequently shot and killed. The name of the suspect is not being released at this time, pending notification of the suspect’s next of kin. As per CCSO policy and protocol, the officers involved will be placed on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement actively investigates this incident. 
 
The names of the officers involved are being withheld at this time due to the pending inquiry by FDLE. 
 
Citrus County Mike Prendergast said, “We know that the suspect was armed and extremely dangerous, and pending the examination of the evidence at the scene, we will be able to determine what other weapons he had in his possession at the time of the shooting. 
 
"Fortunately, none of our Citrus County Deputies, Marion County Deputies or Florida Highway Patrol Troopers were injured as a result of this crime.” Sheriff Prendergast said.