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Sheriff's Office: Lake Helen-area man shoots himself after standoff with deputies
Incident began with domestic distubance
By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 25, 2013 - 11:54:33am
UPDATE 1:12 P.M. TUESDAY, JUNE 25 — The Sheriff's Office released the dead man's name. He was Shawn Lee Norris, 40. An autopsy this morning confirmed that Norris died from a shot fired from his shotgun, and was not hit by a deputy's bullet, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Online records at the Volusia County Branch jail show a 40-year-old Shawn Norris was arrested in 2011 and 2012 on charges of domestic-violence and violation of an injunction related to domestic violence.
REPORTED EARLIER — A man in the Lake Helen/Deltona area armed with a shotgun is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after he threatened to kill his girlfriend Monday night.
The man, whom the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has not yet identified, also kept at bay deputies who responded to a domestic-disturbance call at the home on the 2700 block of Ranch Road, off Kicklighter Road, near Lake Helen. The standoff ended with the man dead. Both he and a deputy fired shots.
The incident began when the woman, also unidentified as yet, called 911 at 8:41 p.m. June 24.
"The caller told dispatchers that the man had been drinking and had threatened her with a knife earlier in the evening and also had a shotgun that he had fired inside the residence," Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson reported.
Then, the woman told dispatchers, she thought the man had left the house on foot.
Deputies brought in K-9 units and a Sheriff's Office helicopter for assistance.
Helicopter personnel spotted the man sitting in a wooded area by an abandoned paintball field north of the residence.
As deputies approached, the man stood up, then crouched several times, while hiding behind a large barrel. Deputies were wary of moving closer.
At 9:54 p.m., they did move closer, and then heard a gunshot ring out from the field.
One deputy returned a single shot in self-defense. Investigators don't believe that bullet hit the man, Davidson said.
After the exchange, deputies moved close to the man, who, initially, was still. Then, the man got up and staggered around, then sat back down, still holding the shotgun.
The Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and its hostage negotiators came to the scene, and made contact with the man.
As a result, shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, responders reached the man, who was then airlifted to Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial in Orange City with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Davidson said.
"The man was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:08 a.m.," Davidson said.
The man's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The girlfriend received minor injuries during the domestic incident. No one else was at the residence during the disturbance.
As is standard procedure when an officer fires his weapon, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the deputy's actions.
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