Beverly Hills standoff

Members of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office SWAT team walk near a car with obvious damage Friday, May 22, 2020, in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.

A Beverly Hills man, who smashed out windows in a number of vehicles as well as his own, was seriously injured when Citrus County deputies shot him Friday afternoon, according to an agency spokeswoman.

The incident began shortly before 2 o’clock when witnesses called 911 to report the man, whose name and age haven’t been released yet, was seen smashing out vehicle windows, including his own, with a baseball bat on South Fillmore Street, said Jodi Sanders, CCSO spokeswoman.

When deputies arrived on scene, the male suspect fled into his home at 3 Fillmore St, or so law enforcement officials thought, Sanders said.

The agency’s SWAT team entered the house, when the suspect re-entered it from his back yard, Sanders said.

Once back inside the residence, Sanders said, he pointed his firearm at a deputy. They engaged the suspect, shooting him several times.

After the suspect was shot, deputies began providing emergency care. Nature Coast EMS transported the suspect to a nearby field where was airlifted to a trauma hospital for treatment of his injuries, Sanders said.

No deputies were injured during the incident.

How many deputies shot at the suspect and how many times the male was shot could not be confirmed.

The names of those deputies involved in the shooting won’t be released until the Florida Department of Law Enforcement completes its investigation, Sanders said.

Those who did fire shots at the suspect are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the FDLE investigation into the officer-involved shooting, Sanders said.

The incident remains under investigation.