According to the Tampa Bay Times, a 39 year old Spring Hill man was arrested after brandishing a handgun during a road-rage incident in Hillsborough county. Mark Edward Cook thought he had been rear-ended by 28 year old Jason Foster at the intersection of U.S. Highway 92 and Branch Forbes Road on Thursday. When Foster drove away Cook pursued him to a dead end street and crashed into his truck. Cook allegedly approached Foster’s vehicle waving a gun and threatening his life then opened the driver’s door and punched Foster in the face. Foster’s 5 year old son and Cook’s 2 year old daughter were in the vehicles. Deputies arrived and assured Cook that nobody had rear-ended him before arresting him for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed burglary of a conveyance, and child neglect.
Around 2:35 a.m. this morning, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received a message from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office regarding a shooting that had occurred in Citrus County. The message requested that Hernando County deputies attempt to locate an individual that may have knowledge of and/or been involved in the shooting.
Around 2:40 this morning Hernando County deputies encountered the individual, in a white SUV type vehicle in the 7-11 parking lot at Berkeley Manor Boulevard and Commercial Way.
As deputies were approaching the white SUV, a shot was fired from within the vehicle. In response to the shot fired from within the vehicle, one deputy returned fire. Dispatchers were advised at 2:42 a.m. that “shots were fired.”
He was transported to a local hospital by Hernando County Fire Rescue from a self- inflicted gunshot wound. He later died at the hospital. Initial reports indicate that the male was not struck by any of the deputy’s rounds.
In an abundance of caution, Sheriff Al Nienhuis has called in FDLE to conduct the usual officer involved shooting investigation.
UPDATE 11:00 AM:
The Hernando County deputy that fired his weapon during this incident is Deputy Wayne Peterson, age 34. Peterson has been employed with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office since November of 2004.
As per standard protocol, the incident is under review by HCSO Internal Affairs and Deputy Peterson has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Once more information is available we will let you know
Deputies were dispatched to a house on Larkin Road for a burglary in progress around 8:00 p.m. on January 21, 2015. They arrived to find Lark Napier lying on the ground with a neighbor detaining him. The neighbor told deputies that he’d seen Napier walking around the neighborhood and acting suspicious earlier. The man flashed Napier with a flashlight and he ran. About an hour later he saw Napier in front of another house and knew his neighbor was not home. Napier was at the front door, bent over, acting very suspicious. The man approached Napier and asked what he was doing. He said that Napier was very nervous and started walking extremely fast towards him. The man then gave Napier several orders to get down on the ground and not to move, advising that Law Enforcement was on the way. Napier told deputies that he was in the area looking for a girl’s house when his phone died so he went up to a random house and plugged his phone in to charge it. He stated that he did not ask anyone for permission to use the electricity and he was aware that this was stealing. The homeowner advised that he did not know Napier and did not authorize him
to use his electricity. The arrest affidavit noted that Napier was wearing a long sleeve shirt, jeans, and a winter skull hat and was ducked down in the darkest part of the walkway while stealing the electricity. He was charged with burglary of a dwelling.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and Fire/Rescue were dispatched to Suncoast Elementary School at 10:09 a.m. when they received a report that a student brought a hand grenade to school. The caller advised that the student was currently with the Assistant Principal in the front office and that the Assistant Principal had taken the device away from the student. Investigation revealed that the child brought in a hollowed out hand grenade for show and tell. While in class, he made some inappropriate statements. Administrators will be speaking with him and his parents. For additional information, please contact Eric Williams, PIO, Hernando County School Board, 352-797-7070 (452).
Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob the Pizza Hut on Broad Street in Brooksville the night of January 20, 2015. The man waited outside the front door until the employees where leaving for the night. He approached them while they were exiting and ordered them back into the business demanding money bags. He appeared to be using his hand under his shirt to imply that he had a gun. The man was scared off when the alarm sounded and was last seen fleeing south through the plaza. He is described as white, 50-60 years of age, 6’00”-6’03” tall, with a tattoo across his chest, grey hair and a grey/white close cut beard. He was wearing a black or dark navy tank top, dark shorts, sandals/flip flops, and a blue bandage on his right wrist. If you have information regarding this crime, please contact the Brooksville Police Department at (352) 540-3800. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the Hernando County Crime Stoppers Toll free at 1-866-990-8477 (TIPS) or visit http://www.hernandosheriff.org/Tips/. You may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.