An off-duty federal law enforcement officer has died in Florida after a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies.
According to investigators, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an intoxicated, armed suicidal man at a Key Largo residence near Mile Marker 94.8 at approximately 10:42 a.m. on Wednesday.
Multiple Deputies responded, found a man at the residence, and confirmed he was armed.
The Sheriff’s Office was able to reach the man via phone after he moved away from view. The man stated on the phone he was intoxicated and was prepared to confront law enforcement.
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The man appeared a second time and pointed a firearm at Deputies, who responded by firing at him. Deputies began first-aid, but the man was pronounced dead.
The deceased individual who was identified as 48-year-old Lane Morgan Caviness, is an off-duty federal law enforcement officer.
“Although this appears to be a suicide by cop situation,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay, “as I always do in such cases, I have asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct an independent investigation into this matter.”