Fugi­tive shot by of­fi­cers iden­ti­fied

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MASARYK­TOWN — The Her­nando County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has iden­ti­fied the fugi­tive deputies shot and killed dur­ing a gun­fire ex­change Wed­nes­day while try­ing to ar­rest him on charges of sex­ual bat­tery of a child.

Deputies said An­thony Wal­lace, 44, of Spring Hill was driv­ing on Tril­lium Boule­vard just north of County Line Road about 4:50 p.m. when Her­nando de­tec­tives and deputy U.S. mar­shals tried to pull him over. Af­ter ex­chang­ing gun­fire with of­fi­cers, the Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said, Wal­lace died at the scene.

The Sher­iff ’s Of­fice de­clined to re­lease any other de­tails about the shoot­ing. In a video posted to Face­book af­ter the shoot­ing, Her­nando Sher­iff Al Nien­huis said Wal­lace “fired at least once … it was a long gun … and of course, deputies and mar­shals re­turned fire.”

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice also re­leased the names of the county of­fi­cers in­volved: Sgt. Tom Brooks, 49; Sgt. William Power, 39; De­tec­tive Willard “Brian” Stephens, 43. Two U.S. mar­shals who were also in­volved were not iden­ti­fied. None were in­jured. All were placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

FLDE records show Wal­lace had no crim­i­nal record in Florida.

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