Man accused of sexual misconduct with child killed by Eustis officer

LEESBURG --

A Lake County man accused of sexual misconduct with a child is dead after an officer-involved shooting.

The shooting happened Tuesday night at the Laurel Oaks Apartments on Laurel Hollow Drive.

Police said 47-year-old Vernum Blunk was accused of child sexual abuse and possessing child pornography in both Eustis and Leesburg.

“It’s kind of scary especially for kids, not just mine, but for everybody that they live right next to you and you just don’t know who people are these days,” said Christina Montgomery, a neighbor.

During the joint investigation, police said Blunk pulled a gun.

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