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[UPDATE] Man Shot by Deputy Headed to Prison

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 4.18.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A man accused of trying to run down a deputy in a stolen car is now in prison for it.

Fernando Lazaro was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for a confrontation on Dome Level Road in September 2011.

A deputy stopped Lazaro after a hit and run. They say when the deputy asked Lazaro to step out of the stolen car, Lazaro hit the gas and headed straight toward him.

The deputy shot him twice. Lazaro survived. The deputy was not hurt.

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UPDATED 1.18.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A grand jury reviewed the details of this shooting today. According to prosecutor Georgia Cappleman, it issued a no true bill and found the deputy was justified in shooting Fernando Lazaro.

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UPDATE 9-27-2011

LCSO says that the deputy involved in incident was Deputy Michael Crego, who has been with LCSO since 2004. WCTV was told that Crego returned to work today.

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UPDATED 9-25-11 10:14 a.m.

Fernando Lazaro is being charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, leaving the scene of a crash and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license.

UPDATE 9-23-2011 - 11:45am -

The Leon County Sheriff's Office has released the names of those involved in the Aenon Church Road and Highway 90 shooting incident.

Lt. James McQuaig with LCSO says that the deputy involved in incident was Deputy Michael Crego, who has been with LCSO since 2004. The suspect was 29-year-old Fernado Lazaro. Lazaro was shot twice; once in each side of the shoulder. Lazaro has a history of minor driving offenses. The truck that Lazaro was driving at the time of the incident was reported stolen.

Deputy Michael Crego will return to work next week.

LCSO Release:

At 5:35pm on September 22, 2011, Kanisha Edwards was driving a black 2005 Pontiac Gran Prix on West Tennessee Street just west of Capital Circle. Ms. Edwards contacted the Leon County Sheriff’s Office after her car was struck by a dark colored 2004 Chevrolet truck. The driver of the truck fled the scene and Ms. Edwards followed. Ms. Edwards was able to keep the truck in sight while alerting deputies of the suspect’s location. Within four minutes, Deputy Michael Crego was on scene and located the suspect, who was still in the truck.

When Deputy Crego asked the driver, Fernando Lazaro, 29, to step out of the vehicle, Lazaro refused and began accelerating the vehicle directly towards the deputy. Deputy Crego fired multiple shots at Lazaro, striking him twice (once in the area of each shoulder). Lazaro was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and is currently being treated for his injuries.

Deputies and detectives collected forensic evidence from multiple scenes, conducted witness interviews and reconstructed the shooting incident, which occurred near the eastern end of Dome Level Road. Deputies also determined that the truck driven by Lazaro was reported stolen.

Internal and criminal investigations are continuing at this time and criminal charges for Lazaro are forthcoming. More information will be made available in the future.

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UPDATE 9-23-2011 - 10am -

A Leon County deputy shoots a man he pulled over when the man tried to run the deputy over.

Leon County Deputies say they got a call from a victim in an accident on Tennessee Street and that the driver who hit the victim's car drove away. Sheriff's deputies tracked the suspect from this incident down and had pulled him over. When the deputy asked for his license and registration, the suspect tried to run over the deputy.

The next thing I heard was like six or seven gunshots and then somebody speed off," says neighbor Kimberly Ross.

"The only thing going through my mind was is my little sister alright," Bryan Ross says.

Authorities say the deputy was able to escape injury, but fired a weapon at the suspect and hit the suspect at least once. The suspect was then arrested and taken to a local hospital. There's No word yet on what his condition is.

"These situations can turn deadly at any second during any encounter, and that's why we train the way we train, that's why we try to be as prepared as we can be," says Lt. James McQuaig with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy who fired the weapon is on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure anytime there's a shooting involving a law enforcement officer .

The names of the people involved haven't been released at this time.

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UPDATE 9-22-2011

More information coming in on a shooting near Aenon Church Road and Highway 90.

Deputies say they were working a hit and run accident from Tennessee Street . Sheriff's deputies tracked the suspect from this incident down and had pulled him over, but when asked for his license and registration, the suspect tried to run over the deputy.

Authorities says the deputy was able to escape injury, but fired his/her weapon at the suspect and did hit him. The suspect was arrested and taken to a local hospital. No word yet on what his condition is.

The deputy involved in the shooting is under administrative leave so the shooting can be investigated.

No names have been released at this time.

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UPDATE 9-22-2011

WCTV remains on the scene of a shooting near Aenon Church Road and Highway 90. Not much is known at this time, but neighbors tell WCTV that they heard around six shots fired off before hearing a car speed away.

While responding to the scene, WCTV's reporter Ashley Mitchem says she spotted knocked over stop sign and a vehicle in a ditch near the scene of the shooting.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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Tallahassee, FL -- September 22, 2011 --

Leon County deputies are on the scene at Aenon Church Road and Hwy. 90 responding to a shooting incident. Few details are available at this time.

We have a reporter on scene and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.


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