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Cops: Man killed by deputy had been acting erratically

12-7-2016 Florida:

A Leesburg man was acting erratically before he beat a Lake County deputy sheriff with a boat oar during a confrontation in Lake Griffin, prompting the lawman to kill him, a sheriff's official said Wednesday.

The man killed Tuesday was identified as Wayne Donald Dorsey, 49, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Dorsey first ran into a car and then rammed into the Citgo gas station at 4075 Picciola Road before taking off on foot and attempting to carjack another vehicle with a person inside, Sgt. Fred Jones said.

The deputy, who has been with the Lake Sheriff's Office for about 12 years, was placed on paid administrative leave.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting, Jones said.

The deputy was not immediately identified.

"My understanding is he [Dorsey] hit a car, and then I don't know what the erratic behavior was, and he went from that to hitting a store," he said.

When deputies arrived at the Citgo, a foot chase ensued, Jones said.

Dorsey got into a boat in Lake Griffin and when the deputy caught up with him Dorsey began to strike the lawman with an oar, Jones said.

The deputy, chest-deep in the water, deployed his Taser but was unable to stop the oar attacks, Jones said.

That's when the deputy shot Dorsey, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Jones said.

Dorsey was convicted in 2010 of the sale and possession of cocaine and battery against a law officer.

He was also charged last month for not registering as a sex offender at his new address.

Dorsey has been a registered sex offender since 1994 for a sex offense in Chatham, Ga., according to court documents. ..Source.. by Jason Ruiter

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