The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a shooting involving a Lake County deputy. A sheriff's office spokesman said the deputy was forced to shoot a man after the man allegedly tried to hit the deputy with his car.
The man has been identified as 24-year-old Jeremy Walker, whowas wanted by Lady Lake authorities on three active warrants for aggravatedbattery, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm.
Lake County deputies arrived at an abandoned home on Water Oak Drive in Fruitland Park around noon on Thursday. They believed walker had been hiding out in house.
When the two deputies arrived on scene and tried to make contact with Walker,they said he immediately resisted.
"They attempted to take him into custody, at which point, he actively resistedtheir efforts and was combative with the deputy," said Lt.John Herrell with the Lake County Sheriff's Office. "He was able to get into aparked car and he fled the scene, trying to run over one of our deputies in theprocess."
Investigatorssaid the deputy was forced to fire his weapon in defense. Walker was taken to the hospital after suffering a gun shot wound, but hisinjuries are non life-threatening.
The deputy's name is not beingreleased. He has been placed on administrative leave.