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Fla. Deputy Shot, Kills Shooter at Car Dealership

February 06, 2014  | 

A Taylor County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputy getting his car fixed at the Timberland Ford dealership jumped into action after a man crashed through the front of the business with his vehicle and opened fire, said Gretl Plessinger, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Gunfire was then exchanged between Deputy Robert Lundy and the man, 51-year-old Earl Edward Clague Jr. of Taylor County, who was killed, reports Tallahassee.com.

Clague, a current employee at the dealership at the time of the shooting, was using a semi-automatic shotgun, according to Plessinger.

Lundy underwent surgery this morning and is currently recovering and is in stable but critical condition. He and two others that were shot are expected to survive, Plessinger said.


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Joshua Paulette @ 2/6/2014 5:10 PM

That's why I am for officers to carry when off duty. You never know when some dirtbag will recognize you when your out with your family or when something like this happens. Thank god Deputy Lundy was in the right place at the "wrong time" he saved countless lives and should be praised as a hero. I'm hoping for a quick recovery to all involved. Stay safe brothers.

Morning Eagle @ 2/6/2014 6:08 PM

One never knows when or where! Excellent reactions under fire to what must have been a totally unexpected situation by Deputy Lundy and we hope for a rapid, full recovery of he and the others who were wounded. As for the late E.E. Clague, he definitely won't be shooting up any more dealerships or anything else and that is a good thing.

Rick @ 2/7/2014 7:43 AM

This is why CCW permits need to have national reciprocity across the US. Where ever an incident like this occurs, an armed citizen can at least defend themselves and others.

DRE @ 2/7/2014 8:54 AM

Someone always has to chime in with the CCW argument. A permit in the pocket does not mean skill or mindset to arcurately engage a determined attacker. If you opt to go armed, you are responsible for the actions you decide to take and as we say in the range safety briefings you alone are responsible for the terminal resting place of every round you fire. There are wolves, sheepdogs and sheep. A sheep with a gun is still a sheep.

LOL @ 2/7/2014 12:25 PM

Yes police are safer than CCW holders: If we include all unjustified homicides (suicides were not included) found in Florida by the VPC for CCW holders for the entire four years, the rate is only 27/2,400,713 or 1.125 per 100,000 population per year. This is comparable with the homicide rates in developed western European countries. It is 61% of the rate for police officers for domestic homicides alone.

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