CAPE CORAL, Fla. – On Tuesday morning, a Lee County Deputy Sheriff shot and killed a fugitive who had fled from New Hampshire after the fugitive brandished a firearm at officers.

Joseph Cleary, 22, from Rochester, New Hampshire was wanted for failing to follow the conditions of his probation and bail in connection to being convicted of serious assault with a knife in 2008 in Barrington, N.H.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in New Hampshire informed the Florida bureau of information they attained that suggested Cleary was residing in Cape Coral. At around 11:15 a.m. law enforcement spotted Cleary in a window and ordered him to surrender. Cleary ignored the officers’ command and fled deeper into the house.

Authorities entered the residence and found Cleary in a bedroom where the fugitive and law enforcement exchanged gunfire and Cleary was killed.

Cleary was released from jail and put on probation in July 2008. He was given another jail sentence for violating probation after knives were found in his home in October 2008, reported Foster’s Daily Democrat.

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Rosa Olihuela is a Blast Miami correspondent

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