Sheriff: Man shot at WWE Performance Center had fixation on female wrestler

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A man accused of causing problems at the WWE Performance Center in Orange County was shot Monday during a third incident at the facility this month, authorities said.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon at the Forsyth Commerce Road facility, officials said.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the 29-year-old man had a fixation with a female wrestler and had been causing problems at the facility to the point officials there have been hiring off-duty deputies for extra security.

Demings said no deputies were on the WWE campus Monday but two nearby plain-clothes deputies responded.

The man told the deputies he was possibly armed with a knife, so the deputies had weapons drawn when they approached him, Demings said. The man then charged one of the deputies, who fired once as he retreated roughly 75 feet, authorities said.

The man was struck and was taken to a local hospital where his name and condition have not been released.

Demings said the Sheriff's Office has encountered the man before and he was most recently arrested on Aug. 4 for trespass after warning.

A statement was issued from WWE via Twitter shortly after the shooting:

"Unfortunately a deranged individual with no WWE affiliation, who had a court order prohibiting him from being on WWE property, was involved in an incident with an Orange County Sherriff's deputy in the parking lot of the WWE Performance Center. We defer to the Orange County Sherriff's department for further comment and information."

No other details have been released.