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[Original Publish Date: 10/20/19]
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LEESBURG, Florida – Lake County Sheriff’s deputies opened fire on a domestic disturbance suspect, killing him, Sunday afternoon, said LCSO Sgt. Fred Jones.
Deputies responded to 2623 Myer Avenue Sunday afternoon in reference to a domestic disturbance. Ronald McLemore and his unidentified girlfriend had been arguing since Saturday night, but she didn’t call LCSO until around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, said Jones.
“She (McLemore’s girlfriend) met deputies at the gate and it didn’t appear she needed EMS,” Jones said. After speaking with her, they made contact at the front door of the home with McLemore, 51, who had a bat in one hand and was concealing his other hand, Jones said. Deputies ordered him to show his concealed hand and he refused. McLemore advanced towards them with a knife in his concealed hand and at least one deputy opened fire, killing McLemore. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
This is not the first time deputies have been to the home. “We do show a history of responding to this location for domestic disturbances, especially in the last year,” Jones said.
A search of records on the Lake County Clerk of Court’s website revealed McLemore was arrested in 2011 and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT and battery; he pleaded no contest to those charges and was sentenced to five months in the Lake County Jail.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
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