The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says a deputy shot and killed a man who was breaking into his girlfriend's home in Inverness.
Exactly what happened inside the house is under investigation. Others say the man allegedly breaking in had a key, and he had been dating the girl.
"Definitely a love triangle I feel from what I visually would see," said neighbor Marie Nolan.
Neighbors along Eden Drive recognized the photo of 28-year old Derrick Vaccianna. He was shot in the chest just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
"The subject in this case broke into the house on Eden Drive and confronted the off-duty deputy and his girlfriend. And there was a verbal confrontation, as well as a tussle of sorts before the deputy fired the shot," said spokesperson Gail Tierney.
Vaccianna's father tells us he had a key to the house.
That makes sense, according to neighbors who say he'd been living there with his girlfriend.
"You reside some place and you're coming and going in and out, and you would have a key. (He'd lived there) quite some time, months, at least six months easily," Dolan said.
Dolan said she witnessed a fight outside the home about a week ago.
"It wasn't a good situation. Definitely not a good situation," she said.
Vaccianna's father says his son received a text from the girl before he went over to the house Wednesday night delivering news of a pregnancy.
It's a lot to sort out. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate since it involves an off-duty deputy.
"Deputy Gregory Entrekin, and he is 24 years of age. He is a new hire with the sheriff's office. He actually started Aug. 6 of this year," Tierney said.
The deputy is on paid administrative leave until this investigation is complete. That could take 30 days.
The sheriff's office told us Vaccianna was a registered sex offender on probation.
We checked. He was arrested at the age of 19 for lewd and lascivious conduct.
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