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Putnam deputy shot, suspect killed

BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Putnam County deputies exchanged gunfire with a San Mateo man Wednesday night, killing the suspect who shot one officer in the arm, according to the sheriff’s office.

In a media release, the agency said deputies responded to a report of a disturbance and shots fired at a residence on Old San Mateo Road around 7:30 p.m.  There they found Timothy Mahoney, 58, on the back porch of the house, armed with a handgun.

The agency said negotiators talked to Mahoney for approximately an hour, trying to convince him to put down the gun.  When it became apparent that he would not comply, they attempted to tase the 58-year-old but were unsuccessful.  The sheriff’s office said Mahoney then fired his weapon, striking one deputy in the arm.  Sheriff’s officers then returned fire, fatally injuring the suspect.

The sheriff’s office said the injured deputy’s injuries were not life-threatening and that the officer was expected to undergo surgery early Thursday.  It added that all the deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave and that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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