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Leesburg man allegedly wielding bat and knife killed in deputy-involved shooting

Ronald Dale McLemore

A Leesburg man accused of coming at law enforcement with a bat in one hand and a knife in the other was killed in a deputy-involved shooting on Sunday.

Lake county sheriff’s deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 2600 block of Myer Avenue early Sunday afternoon and when they arrived, they spoke with 51-year-old Ronald Dale McLemore’s girlfriend. They then made contact with McLemore at the front door of the residence, where he was holding a bat in one hand and his other hand was concealed, a sheriff’s office report states.

Deputies ordered McLemore to show his concealed hand and he refused. He then crossed the threshold of the door and came toward deputies. They observed a knife in McLemore’s concealed hand and shot him to protect themselves, the report says.

McLemore was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel.

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