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(UPDATE) Clearwater Police Identify Man With Gun Who Was Shot

10/27/2013 9:55:59 AM

Contact: Rob Shaw

Oct. 27, 2013

13-0632 UPDATE

Clearwater Police Identify Armed Man Who Was Shot

Next of kin has been notified in last night's officer-involved shooting on Merrill Avenue. The man did point the gun at officers in a threatening manner and refused orders to drop the weapon before he was shot.

Here is the identity of the victim:

David Rocco Diroma W/M 05-22-1944

3018 Merrill Avenue

Clearwater Fl, 33759

Last night's news release:

Clearwater Officer Shoots Man Armed With Gun

A Clearwater Police officer shot a man Saturday after the man had expressed

suicidal thoughts to a friend earlier in the day.

Police were called to 3018 Merrill Ave. at 4:21 this afternoon after the

friend of the man grew concerned about some of the comments he had heard from

the individual. The friend had been with the man when he said he had no reason

to live because of various problems he was having. The friend called police an

hour after leaving the Merrill Avenue residence.

When police arrived on the scene just north of the Eddie C. Moore Softball

Complex, they tried to establish communication with the man via a cell phone

and his house phone. They also used the loudspeaker on a police cruiser

outside the residence. All of those efforts were ignored by the man, whom they

saw walking around inside the house.

The man then came out of the house armed with a handgun. He refused police

commands to drop the weapon. Fearing for their safety, one of the officers

fired a single shot at the armed man.

He was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead

at 6:30 p.m.

Officer Brian Rogers, who fired the single shot, was not injured in the

incident. He was placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine in

police-involved shootings. Rogers has been with the department for more than

12 years.

Representatives of the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office and the

Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office are on scene with Clearwater homicide

detectives investigating the shooting.

The name of the victim will be released once next of kin has been notified. He

is believed to be in his late 60s.


Rob Shaw

Office: 727-562-4333

Cell: 727-224-7831

Media Line: 727-562-4101