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Aggravated assault charges await woman shot by Hernando deputies after brandishing shotgun

BROOKSVILLE — A woman shot by Hernando County sheriff's deputies after she pointed a shotgun at law officers now faces five counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, the sheriff's office said.

Lori Lee Brandon, 49, of Brooksville, was served with the arrest warrant in the hospital, where she is recovering from her wounds. She will be moved to the Hernando County Jail once she is released, deputies said.

Brandon was shot by three deputies responding to a call from the Brooksville Police Department for help with a suicidal woman.

All three have been placed on paid administrative leave. They are Deputy Gregory Locke, 25; Master Deputy Michael Beckwith, 51; and Sgt. Brandon Ross, 48.

Brandon had barricaded herself inside her home on Cedar Drive about 2:15 p.m., the sheriff's office said. The deputies arrived with information that she was armed with a shotgun and had other weapons, too.

With the agency's SWAT and Crisis Response Teams still on the way, Brandon came outside and pointed a shotgun at deputies, the sheriff's office said.

The deputies fired at her. No one else was injured.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

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