PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating an overnight deputy-involved shooting in Pasco County.
According to investigators, a deputy was conducting a traffic stop after a suspicious vehicle was reported at the Rodeway Inn on US 19, just south of SR 52.
As the deputy approached the car, a man ran away and the deputy followed for a few feet. The man then circled back to the car, got in, and tried to drive away.
The deputy was actively attempting to get the man to stop the car, but was ultimately dragged approximately 150 feet in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn.
At the same time, the man was reaching for something under the driver’s seat. The deputy then fired approximately three shots at the man. The man then fell out of the car with the deputy.
The deputy then began life-saving measures, but the man ultimately died.
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The deputy’s body-worn camera dislodged during the initial altercation. As such body-worn camera footage of the shooting will not be available.
FDLE will investigate the deputy-involved shooting, per a standing agreement. The man, who won’t be identified pending FDLE’s investigation, has a significant arrest history, which includes violent crimes.
The deputy involved is on administrative leave, per PSO protocol, during FDLE’s investigation into the shooting. The deputy was not significantly injured during the incident.