INVERNESS, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Citrus County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a murder-suicide they say left two people dead.
Sheriff’s officials say the 911 operators received a call just before 7:30 p.m. Monday for a domestic disturbance and shots fired on the 1300 block of N. Reed Ter. Deputies say the caller gave a description of the suspect, 52-year-old Michael Laramee, and his car as he fled the scene.
One of the deputies responding spotted the vehicle heading down Hwy 41 S near the scene, according to the sheriff’s office, so he chased him down. CCSO says another deputy put down spike sticks on Hwy 44 W. near Croft Rd., blowing the driver's tires, hindering the car, but Laramee was able to keep going until he reached the 2700 block of Venus St. Once deputies got closer, they say they found Laramee dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Deputies say the victim, 22-year-old Justin Harper, was fatally shot and pronounced dead on the scene. Sheriff’s officials say he was dating Laramee's ex-girlfriend, whom Laramee had a child with.
“Although the results are tragic, we are thankful that Laramee wasn't able to hurt anyone else due to the quick actions of our deputies," Undersheriff Buddy Grant said in a news release. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this senseless loss of life."
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