One person is dead following a three-plus hour hostage standoff Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Hernando.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called around 4 p.m. to an area between East David Street and East Van Ness Road, in response to an armed suspect who fired gunshots and barricaded himself in a nearby home.
Members of the sheriff's SWAT and negotiation teams responded to the area around 4:30 p.m.
About two hours into the standoff, four hostages were safely rescued from the home, Citrus County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Jodi Sanders said.
The suspect then set fire to the home prior to being taken into custody.
“We are very thankful getting those hostages out safe and sound,” Sanders said.
The name of the suspect was not immediately available.
A trailer on the property was searched and after the fire was under control the home was searched.
The identity of the deceased individual and the circumstances surrounding their death are not available at this time.
During the standoff, deputies evacuated neighboring residences. The area in which the standoff occurred remained closed to residents attempting to return home as detectives continued their investigation.
The incident forced the sheriff’s office to close down a portion of U.S. 41 in Hernando. The road was reopened around 8 p.m.
The Chronicle will update the story as new information becomes available.