James Leroy Marker killed by Law Enforcement after shooting at Sabal Trail Pipeline
By Black Powder | RPM Staff, Feb 26, 2017 • Updated: Feb 27, 2017
Law Enforcement officials have released the name of a suspect killed by officers Sunday, following a chase that began in Marion County and ended in Citrus County, Florida.
According to investigators, at around 9 a.m. in the 12500 block of Highway 200 in Dunnellon, James Leroy Marker, 66, of Chokoloskee was seen shooting a high-powered rifle at a portion of the Sabal Pipeline and other equipment in the area.
WFTV reports, the accused shooter left the area, and a pursuit began into Citrus County on Highway 200. Citrus County deputies, Marion County deputies and troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were involved in the pursuit, deputies said.
The multi-county high-speed pursuit ended when a Trooper completed a “precision immobilization technique” bringing the suspect’s vehicle to a stop on the shoulder of the road, according to cflwire.com.
Police say at that time, the man pointed the weapon at a Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy. The deputies and troopers returned fire striking the suspect.
More than 2 dozen rounds were fired.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ryan Mallon, 27, who lives just yards from the crash scene, said he was inside his home when he heard “about 10 shots.”
He said he and his girlfriend, Sarah, ran outside and he “heard 15 more shots.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the shooting.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard procedure.
Last week Marion County deputies arrested two protesters who climbed into the pipeline and had to be removed by the fire department.
The Sabal Trail pipeline project is an approximately 515-mile natural gas pipeline between Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
A witness drove up on the scene and caught the shootout on video below: (Warning: Graphic language)
Story will be updated.