Florida Man Shoots Sister On Christmas Eve

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DELTONA, Florida – A Florida man was shot and killed by Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies after he shot his sister in Deltona, Florida on Christmas Eve.

Deputies responded to a disturbance around 8:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve at 1003 W. Gaucho Circle in Deltona after the 73-year-old sister called an out-of-state relative saying her brother, 65-year-old Harvey Cantrell, was irrational, abusive and armed with a firearm.

Deputies set up a perimeter at the scene and tried to establish a dialogue to get the sister out of the house.

Eventually, at about 8:51 p.m., she came out the front door followed closely by Cantrell, who then fired at her, shooting her in the shoulder. The bullet then traveled toward her head and struck her face.

Three deputies immediately fired at Cantrell after that shot, killing him.

Investigators say that the sister was visiting Cantrell from out of state following the recent death of their mother.

The shooting is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the deputies who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard following deputy-involved shootings.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood credited the deputies for acting quickly to save the life of the woman who was shot.

She was rushed to Central Florida Hospital in Sanford, Florida where she was later listed in stable condition.