68-Year-Old Florida Man Opens Fire with Shotgun on Police- Did Not Survive
Florida State News
The County Sheriff's Office got a call for assistance from the Florida Highway Patrol on June 24th, about 2:30 a.m., describing a white van going north in the southbound lanes of US 27 near State Road 70.
Deputies responded and found a white Econoline van in the vicinity around 2:31 a.m. The van was now traveling north in the northbound lanes.
Deputies followed the van for a short time before stopping it at 2:33 a.m., a mile north of Sun 'n Lakes Blvd.
A deputy made contact with the driver and only occupant of the van at this point. The deputy opted to cite the driver, 68-year-old white male Robert W. McNamara, for failure to maintain a single lane during the traffic stop.
Mr. McNamara refused to stay in his vehicle and became combative with the deputy while the deputy was issuing the citation. Mr. McNamara got out of his van and approached the deputy as the deputy was finishing the citation.
Mr. McNamara produced a pistol-grip shotgun in black and fired a round at the deputy. The officer who issued the citation and another deputy fired gunfire, striking Mr. McNamara multiple times.
Mr. McNamara was treated by deputies until Emergency Medical Services came and pronounced him dead at 3:23 a.m.
The two deputies involved in this incident were not hurt and were placed on administrative leave pending the result of the investigation.
Mr. McNamara has a criminal background in Florida for possession of narcotics and paraphernalia.