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A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a California man Saturday while responding to a report of a disturbance in Wildewood, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Cpl. Michael George, assigned to the special operations division of sheriff’s office, responded to the 23000 block of Sugar Maple Court in California at approximately 1:56 a.m. on Sept. 29. Upon arrival, George and other deputies were confronted by Stephen Robert Wycoff, 39, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

A violent struggle ensued between the deputies and the suspect, and George discharged his firearm, according to the sheriff’s office. Wycoff was pronounced dead on the scene.

George, a nine-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Detectives from the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations as well as the sheriff’s office of professional responsibilities responded to the scene.

George has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcomes of both investigations.

jyeatman@somdnews.com