81-year-old man hurt in officer-involved shooting after firing gun during medical call, Clermont police say

CLERMONT, fl. – A cop involved in the Friday night shooting hospitalized an 81-year-old man after firing a gun and pulling a police force to his residence, while first responders tended to take a medical call from his wife act, according to the Clermont Police Department.

The Clermont Fire Department and EMS responded to the call at 8:15 p.m. on the 1400 block of W. Highway 50, where the man brandished a firearm and began firing at the crew shortly after the crew’s arrival, police said.

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According to a press release, the firefighters and paramedics immediately left the scene to seek safety, where they then called the police.

Clermont officers were fired upon as soon as they arrived, police said. The man stopped firing when he was hit by an officer who returned fire, the release said.

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No officers, firefighters or paramedics were injured in the shooting, police said. The man was hospitalized and is reportedly in stable condition, while his wife – who police said had been moved to a safe area – was not injured, the release said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating the shooting, police said. Under FDLE protocol, the officer who shot the man was placed on paid, administrative leave pending the investigation.


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