The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said a man is dead after deputies responded to reports of an intoxicated, armed, suicidal man at a Key Largo residence.
Multiple deputies responded to the residence at Mile Marker 94.8 around 10:42 a.m on Wednesday, when they observed a caucasian male at the residence and confirmed he was armed. The Sheriff’s Office was able to reach the man via phone after he moved away from view. The man stated on the phone he was intoxicated and was prepared to confront law enforcement.
The man appeared a second time and pointed a firearm at deputies, who responded by firing at him. Deputies began first-aid, but the man was pronounced dead.
The deceased individual, who was identified as 48-year-old Lane Morgan Caviness, a pilot who was part of the Transportation Security Administration’s Federal Flight Deck Officer Program. Sheriff Rick Ramsay said the incident appears to be a suicide-by-cop situation.
“As I always do in such cases, I have asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct an independent investigation into this matter.”