A Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy engaged the man after receiving a call about a suicidal man carrying a rifle and ultimately shot him, killing him. Edward Vought, 49, has been recognized as the man by the sheriff’s office. At 5:00 p.m., deputies received the call. And came to the scene at 10630 Regans Run. Although the sheriff’s office hasn’t provided any information, it stated on Monday morning that Vought had made a rifle threat to deputies.
This was the third gunshot involving a deputy in the sheriff’s office this year. Additionally, an 81-year-old man was shot and murdered at his house by Clermont police less than a month ago. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking into each of the four shootings to see whether they were justified.
Last month, sheriff’s deputies visited Vought’s residence.
Vought was well known to the deputies. According to an arrest document, on August 1, they were summoned to his house after he reported that he had been “jumped at a property a couple of houses down by two individuals…”
However, when deputies arrived at that house, witnesses claimed Vought had been there hanging out when he “became agitated over something.” The suspect (Vought) approached the vehicles on the driveway while the victim was standing close to his garage and pulled a knife from behind his back before slapping and kicking the victim.
A man came running to help the victim. The affidavit claims that when this happened, it ” knocked all parties to the ground and punched the perpetrator (Vought) many times in the face.” Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon was the charge brought against Vought.
The following day, a lady filed a restraining order against Vought to protect herself from domestic abuse. The clerk of court’s website did not immediately make those specifics accessible. The petition was rejected on August 16 following a hearing before a county judge. According to the affidavit for Vought’s arrest on August 1, he was found guilty of domestic assault in 2019.
Other police shootings in Lake County thus far this year.
• From their residence in the Emerald Lake Mobile Home Park, Wallace Sims Wainwright’s wife made an emergency call on August 5. Rescue personnel had to take cover until Clermont police came after Wainwright opened fire on them. Police shot at him. The Orlando Regional Medical Center received Wainwright. He was accused of trying to kill a police officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted criminal murder. On August 13, he passed away.
• In April, a Lake County deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop in Lady Lake after getting a complaint about a credit card that had been stolen from the Leesburg Walmart. The driver of a white Dodge Charger was cornered at the guarded entrance to Water Oaks Estates and turned to face the officer, who had exited his vehicle. The deputy fired at the moving automobile.
That sparked a chase that ended south of Leesburg on U.S. 441/27. The three suspects sprang from the car and fled. For the treatment of minor injuries, I sent it to the hospital. The driver, Jeffrey Gilbert, was accused of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer even though none of them were carrying weapons. They brought Drug, fraud, and theft charges against the other two.
• During a high-speed pursuit down North Donnelly Street in Mount Dora in July, deputies were engaged in a handgun-firing incident with the suspect. When Jonny Ze Guiseppe Santiago, age 18, collided with the side of a synagogue, the pursuit stopped.
Before being wounded, he engaged in a furious, close-quarters gunfight before he dropped his weapon, climbed out of his pickup truck, and submitted. He was a suspect in the murder of Juan Santiago, his father, at Deltona. He was accused of fleeing and eluding, three charges of attempted murder of law enforcement personnel, and shooting a weapon from a moving vehicle in Lake County.