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Putnam County Sheriff's Office police involved shooting kills Timothy Mahoney, injures officer

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SAN MATEO, Fla. -- One man is dead after an officer involved shooting in Putnam County.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office responded to a home in the 700 block of Old San Mateo Road following reports of shots fired, according to a release from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies arrived on scene at about 10:30 p.m., they allegedly found 58 year-old Timothy Mahoney on his back porch with a revolver type handgun. The family member was safe in a nearby home. Police on scene say Mahoney was in the residence with another family member.

Negotiators worked with Mahoney for an hour in an attempt to get him to put the gun down. Mahoney allegedly refused and deputies deployed a taser, but it was not effective.

According to the PCSO, Mahoney then fired his gun hitting a deputy in the arm.

Deputies returned fire, striking Mahoney who was transported to the hospital, but died on the way.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting at the request of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the shooting, per agency policy.

"Deputy Thomas is a very good friend of mine. I work very closely with him, I am very relieved that early indications are he fortunately going to be alright," said PCSO Sgt. Hancel Woods.

Mahoney has an extensive arrest record with the PCSO. He has 17 felonies including battery of an officer.

Next door neighbor Nancy Garrett says her husband Arlie had just taken their dog Tosca outside around midnight when she heard two muffled shots, then numerous shots of automatic gunfire.

"Very loud, very loud, sounded like it was right out here in the orange grove, I quickly checked him. I thought someone was shooting at him," said Garrett. "It was so scary. I said get in the house, get in the house."

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