OCALA, Fla. – Officials in Florida are investigating the death of a man after a deputy opened fire during a traffic stop in Marion County.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets the incident occurred Monday after an unidentified female deputy pulled over the suspect, 59-year-old Joseph Napoli, who was wanted in connection with a case deputies were working.
After pulling the suspect over, the deputy exited her patrol car and began to approach Napoli’s vehicle. She says she noticed that Napoli had a handgun, which he raised as she approached him. The deputy then fired her weapon.
Napoli died at the scene. The sheriff’s office says it’s believed he simultaneously shot his gun as well. Officials don’t know if the wound was self-inflicted.
The deputy wasn’t injured and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
The races of the deputy and suspect weren’t immediately available.