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New information in deputy shooting in St. Augustine

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Updated: 12/12/2013 4:38 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Investigators say a man killed during a confrontation with deputies died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

But authorities cannot say with certainty, until forensic evidence comes back, whether that gunshot came from a deputy's firearm.

Deputies responded to a home on Katnack Road Wednesday afternoon, following a 911 call about someone threatening family members.

Investigators say Rodney Stevens came out of the home and threatened to arm himself with a weapon after spotting deputies.

The deputies went into the home and confronted Stevens in a back bedroom, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

A shot was fired and Stevens was found dead.  Authorities recovered a loaded shotgun on the bed.

Deputy Thomas Coward, 29, is on paid administrative leave.  The move is standard procedure in cases where lethal force is used.
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