Brooksville, Fla. (970 WFLA)- A mother and daughter are dead and the girl's stepfather is in critical condition following a five hour standoff overnight, at a home in the 2700 block of Azen Loop road in the Hill 'N Dale subdivision near Brooksville in Hernando County
County Sheriff Al Nienhuis says, that when deputies arrived and took the suspect into custody, they came across a violent scene. The sheriff said, it appeared that there was a lot of physical contact, over and above the shooting.
Nienhuis identified the deceased as 40 year old Taneta Morrell and her 16-year-old daughter, Brena Marshall, who was just days away from her 17th birthday.
The stepfather is identified as 36 year old Adolphus Washington who is being treated at a local hospital. Sheriff Nienhuis says he hopes to speak with Washington to learn more about the incident..
Sheriff Nienhuis credits a collaborative effort in catching the suspect, including patrol deputies, the air unit, K-Nine officers and information that came from citizens in the area who saw an individual go into a vacant house and not come out.
The suspect was wanted on multiple warrants, his name is being withheld as an investigation continues.
Photo Credit: Hernando Sheriff's Office