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One dead, another critically injured in apparent attempted murder suicide case

SEBRING - One man is dead and another critically injured in what authorities are calling an attempted murder and suicide case Saturday involving two neighbors who reportedly had an ongoing dispute, authorities say. One of the men, Edward Lee Dazey, 71, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputies were present at his home while responding to a 911 call about a gunshot, states a news release from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. The man authorities say Dazey reportedly shot before shooting himself, Robert Hugh Delaney, 85, was found critically injured, the news release adds. Delaney was flown out by Aeromed for treatment. His condition Monday was not known. When deputies arrived at 3500 Cindy’s Lane in Sebring, they saw Dazey in his garage, armed with a shotgun and pointed in the direction of the approaching deputies, the news release adds.
The deputies immediately took cover and then heard a loud “bang.” They called out to Dazey and then sent a K-9 to the garage after receiving no response from him, the news release adds. Deputies then found him with a gunshot wound, from which he died, the news release adds. They then proceeded to 3515 Cindy’s Lane and found Delaney critically injured with a gunshot wound, the news release adds. This incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit, detective Hank Smith, at 863-402-7250. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477) or go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com Anonymity is guaranteed.