UPDATE: The suspect involved in Saturday's deputy-involved shooting in Hudson has been identified as 49-year-old Russell Lindemeyer.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement authorized the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to release the information. The sheriff's office sent out its press release at 5:29 p.m., Sunday. The reports added that Lindmeyer died as a result of being shot by deputies.
A more-detailed description of the Saturday afternoon incident is below.
HUDSON – A domestic violence incident in Hudson Saturday afternoon resulted in the shooting of a male suspect after Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene.
According to police reports, deputies responded to a domestic violence-related stabbing in progress at approximately 1:20 p.m., March 27, in the Hicks Road and Akers Lane area of Hudson.
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco held a press conference Saturday afternoon and stated that the incident was captured on the deputies’ body-worn cameras. The police report states that, because the shooting occurred inside a residence, Florida public records law under Florida Statute 119 prohibits the release of the body-worn camera footage.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is the lead agency investigating the case since it involved a deputy-involved shooting.
Upon arrival, the incident was described as an active situation involving a hostage. Nocco described the residence as “a dilapidated structure” and the property contained “numerous tents where transient people stay.”
Reports state that two deputies entered the residence and saw a white, adult male suspect inside a bedroom holding a white, adult female, “who was in a close personal relationship with the suspect,” at knife point.
Prior to deputies entering the house, reports state the female victim had been stabbed more than 15 times and the knife was being held at her throat. The victim later told deputies she had been held against her will for the entirety of the day.
During the press conference, Nocco stated that there was another woman inside in addition to the stabbing victim who was on a bed covered in blood. “If I could give you a scenario, it almost looked like a horror movie where somebody has that much blood all over them,” Nocco said.
Reports state that Pasco Sheriff’s deputies gave the male suspect multiple commands to drop the knife, which he did not, and the two deputies fired at the suspect as he was making another movement toward the female, who was critically injured. The report states the suspect was fired upon “to protect the female from further harm.”
The suspect was struck and his condition is part of the ongoing investigation, according to reports. No deputies were injured in the shooting and reports state the suspect has a previous domestic violence arrest.
The report states that deputies provided aid to the female, who was not struck during the shooting. The victim was transported as a trauma alert to a local hospital because of the severity of her stabbing injuries.