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Update on Hernando Shooting at Quality Inn

5:30 pm UPDATE: (Citrus County, FL) The suspect in this incident has been identified as 70-year-old white male, Salvatore Tirone, out of Broward County, Florida. Preliminary investigation indicates that this was a result of a jealous ex-husband, who drove to Citrus County, with the intent on killing his ex-wife’s new paramour. The victim in this incident has been identified as 64-year-old white male Michael Quirello, out of Hernando, Citrus County, Florida.

During the shooting, a bystander attempted to intervene in this incident by making contact with Tirone. After grabbing his own firearm, the good Samaritan chased after Tirone in an attempt to stop the fleeing murder suspect. Tirone then began running back towards his black Mercedes SUV, parked on East Atlantic Street, which is located just behind the Quality Inn. As Tirone was entering his vehicle to flee, he turned toward the good Samaritan with his gun still in his hand. The good Samaritan shot at Tirone. Tirone exited the vehicle and then shot at the good Samaritan before speeding off.

Another witness provided a detailed description of the suspect vehicle, which allowed a CCSO deputy to easily identify the vehicle when he observed it traveling east on Hwy 44.

“We are working diligently to investigate this unfortunate incident. Thankfully, it is an isolated incident and all parties have been identified. There is no further threat to the residents of our community and none of our deputies or innocent bystanders were injured,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “We greatly appreciate all the assistance provided to us by both the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol, in stopping this armed, dangerous murder suspect. The courage of the good Samaritan likely saved lives today.

*****Initial News Release*****

(Hernando, FL) On December 13, 2018, at approximately 9:14 am, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a shooting in the parking lot of the Quality Inn, located at 350 E Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, FL. Upon arrival, deputies located a white, older male laying on the ground.  Emergency Medical Services were dispatched; however, deputies pronounced the victim deceased.

Witnesses at the scene told deputies that the suspect fled from the scene in a vehicle, described as a black Mercedes Benz SUV, which was subsequently spotted by another CCSO Patrol Unit. A traffic stop was attempted on the suspect vehicle on Hwy 44, as it approached the Sumter County line.

Once in Sumter County, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit of the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle evaded the deployment of tire deflation devices at several locations in Sumter County. The vehicle began to travel south on Interstate 75, where it had eventually lost control and crashed. As law enforcement began to approach the vehicle, the suspect fired upon the officers, where law enforcement returned fire. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At this time, we are not releasing any additional information due to our active, criminal investigation and pending death notifications. We will continue to provide additional updates as information becomes available.   

Yours in Service,

Mike Prendergast

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