Officials identify man injured in officer-involved shooting

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 3, 2017

MAYO, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect injured in an officer-involved shooting on Thursday as 62-year-old Joseph Molnar.

FDLE says Molnar, a resident of Lafayette County, is in critical condition at Shands Hospital.

On Thursday, officers responded to a report of a man with a firearm in the area of 1368 SE County Road 420 in Branford. Upon arrival, deputies were confronted by Molnar.

Authorities say Molnar pointed a weapon at officers and failed to follow commands to drop the weapon. Lafayette County Deputies requested backup assistance from the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

When the SWAT team arrived, Molnar began firing at deputies. Deputies fired back and Molnar was shot.

FDLE officials say, at the request of Lafayette and Suwannee County sheriff’s offices, they are conducting an independent investigation into the shooting and will provide that information to the state attorney.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 2, 2017

MAYO, Fla. (WCTV) -- A man who reportedly fired shots at deputies from Lafayette and Suwannee Counties is in serious condition after being shot by authorities.

The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a residence in the 1300 block of County Road after receiving information from a Department of Children and Families employee that she was threatened by a man with a firearm.

Deputies say they were confronted outside of the home by a man with a weapon. Authorities then called for backup from the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office SWAT team.

LCSO says when the SWAT team arrived, the male subject began to fire his weapon at deputies. Deputies returned fire and the suspect was shot. LCSO says the man was transported to the hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.

Authorities say after the shooting, they found the man to be in possession of at least four firearms. No deputies were injured and the threatened DCF employee was not hurt.

At the request of LCSO and SCSO, FDLE will conduct an independent investigation to determine the facts of the deputy-involved shooting and will provide that information to the state attorney.

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