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Chase ends with shoot-out

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Near Marion Oaks

By The Staff

Gunshots erupted on the Corridor early Monday morning as Citrus and Marion County law officers pursued and exchanged fire with a man who was ultimately killed on County Road 484 near Marion Oaks.

The chase, which began in Citrus Springs when police responded to a domestic violence call, went on for about an hour with speeds often in excess of 100 mph. The suspect drove west on County Road 488, almost to U.S. 19 near Crystal River, then back into Citrus Springs and eventually onto County Road 39. Michael L. Wolff, 48, then headed into Marion County on State Road 200 and finally to County Road 484. Along the way he fired shots at authorities, using a semi-automatic weapon.

When he was just east of  State Road 200, Wolff slowed and fired two shots into a school bus. No students were yet on the bus and the driver was unhurt.

Spikes were placed in the road twice in an effort to puncture Wolff’s tires. The first attempt destroyed two tires; the second attempt got the other two..

The fatal gunshots were fired just west of Southwest 20th Ave. Road.

Units from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Dunnellon Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Marion County took part in the pursuit.

Superintendent of Schools Jim Yancy notified parents of the incident in a broadcast phone message at 11:01 a.m. explaining what had occurred and giving assurance that no student had been injured.