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Alachua County SWAT team member fatally shoots suspect while assisting in Hamilton County

Staff report

An Alachua County Sheriff's Office SWAT team member was involved in a fatal shooting Wednesday morning while assisting the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

According to a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) social media post, Wednesday morning personnel from Alachua County and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office surrounded the home of Joseph A Ogle, 59, who was wanted on a warrant for written or electronic threats to kill.

Ogle, a self-described "sovereign citizen," refused to exit the home and later "started firing at law enforcement personnel and their assets," the Facebook post says.

According to the post, Ogle told law enforcement that he would continue shooting and threatened to commit suicide. At about 10:45 a.m., he exited the home armed with a handgun and was shot and killed by an ACSO SWAT team member.

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The incident began almost a week earlier on May 9 when the HCSO requested assistance from ACSO to serve a domestic violence injunction and an ex parte risk protection order. The order allows for the temporary custody of an individual believed to be an immediate danger to themselves or others.

The social media post says Ogle is a veteran with training "working with minor explosives and firearms." It also says that Ogle was in possession of "numerous rifles and handguns" and had "fortified his residence"

HCSO SheriffֱJ. HarrellֱReid thanked the agencies involved for their assistance.

ֱI would like to thank Sheriff Emery Gainey of the Alachua County Sheriffֱs Office and Sheriff T.K. Waters of the Jacksonville Sheriffֱs Office for their support and resources during this incident," he said in social media post.

As is policy in officer involved shootings, the ACSO SWAT team member involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while investigations are conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the ACSO Office of Professional Standards.