Man shot, killed by St. Johns County deputy

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An armed man was shot and killed by a St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deputy following a domestic dispute Monday night at a home in St. Augustine, authorities said.

Investigators say they responded to an urgent 911 call near the intersection of Old Moultrie Road and Kings Estate Road around 9:30 p.m.

When Sergeant James Priester and Deputy Joshua Butler went to the door of the Summerhill Circle home, 48-year-old Timothy Edward West emerged from the home with a shotgun, according to SJCSO. West pointed his gun at Sgt. Priester and Deputy Butler and they shot him several times, killing him, according to an eyewitness neighbor.

After the shooting, Sgt. Priester and Deputy Butler went inside the home and found 33-year-old Tonya Renee West dead with multiple gunshots. They believe Tonya is West's wife.

According to an eyewitness neighbor, the suspect's children ran to the neighbor's home after the shooting, he says. He says when he went outside, West told him he'd just shot his wife.

Investigators are currently executing a search warrant to process the inside of the home. They're also working to notify next of kin.

The circumstances surrounding the deaths are still under investigation.

Investigators say three children were able to escape the home unharmed.

Sgt. Priester and Deputy Butler have been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure in an deputy involved shooting.

The 911 call placed by a neighbor before officers showed up to the home was released Tuesday:


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