Man in Charlotte County deputy-involved shooting was felon with extensive criminal history

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference in regard to the deputy-involved shooting in Port Charlotte on Thursday morning.

According to CCSO, deputies pulled over a vehicle for a faulty tag light. When the car pulled into the Hooters/Denny’s parking lot off of Tamiami Trail, police say the passenger in the car immediately got out and started shooting at deputies.

A deputy trainee with CCSO fired six rounds, hitting the suspect at least three times. The suspect was identified as Sean Constance, 37. Constance, who is not from the area died from his injuries at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Constance was considered a violent criminal with 22 past arrests.

The deputies involved in the incident were put on leave while the investigation into the shooting continues.

Sheriff Bill Prummell said during the press conference, “It’s very clear. If you’re going to come to Charlotte County and going to commit a crime – and you’re going to commit a violent crime – you’d better be ready to face the consequences because we’re not going to stand for it.”

Watch the full press conference video below:

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