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Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz | Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

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Brian Robert Litz

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 7, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 3483

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Brian Litz was shot and killed at approximately 1300 hours while making a routine well-being check on an elderly man, who lived alone in a retirement community.

The man's son had called the Sheriff's Office asking the department to check on his father. He advised that his father had a gun and stated that he had not heard from his father in two days. When Deputy Litz approached the house to check on the 74-year-old man, the man refused to respond.

One of the deputies took cover behind a post, while Deputy Litz approached the front of the house in a defensive position in an attempt to get a better visual on the male. He was crouched below a row of windows when the male opened fire from above, fatally wounding him. The other deputies on the scene returned fire, killing the male.

Deputy Litz had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for 9 years and was a member of the K9 unit. He is survived by his wife and 5-year-old son.

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