Deputy-involved shooting in Beverly Hills

Shortly before 2 p.m. on May 22, deputies responded to a call for a service at a home on Filmore Street in Beverly Hills in response to a suspect breaking car windows.

When deputies arrived, the suspect displayed deadly force. As a result, the deputy on scene fired his weapon to neutralize the threat

“This was a very dangerous situation that risked the lives of dozens of innocent people and consumed our full-attention in order to protect our citizens,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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Crystal River human remains identified

The skeletal human remains recovered on April 26, 2020 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, have been identified as 42-year-old, Marion County resident, Kevin Buonocore. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma, and the cause of death is undetermined.

Buonocore’s last known contact was in 2017, and he was not reported as missing to law enforcement.

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Drug investigation leads to weekend arrest

Brandy Nicole Risner

Over the weekend, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) served a search warrant at the  residence of Brandy Nicole Risner located at 2691 West Arbutus Drive in Citrus Springs.

While searching the residence, detectives located methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. This one bust alone takes approximately 250 doses of heroin off the streets and out of our community.

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Manslaughter investigation moves to fireman’s arrest

Jose Dorta III implicated in the 2019 death of a two-month-old infant. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (May 12, 2020)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest today in a nearly one-year-old investigation.

Concluding their lengthy and meticulous investigation, CCSO detectives arrested 33-year-old Jose Dorta III for aggravated manslaughter.

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Sheriff’s Office, Health Dept. close COVID-19 info lines

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and its partners at the Citrus County Health Department will be closing the COVID-19 Citizen Information Lines.

Though the CCSO has not experienced a high call volume in the last week. it may be that some citizens may still have questions regarding the virus. If you have questions, you are asked to view the Contact List provided in the COVID-19 section of the CCSO website,

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