(UPDATE) Clearwater Police Identify Man With Gun Who Was Shot
10/27/2013 9:55:59 AM
Contact: Rob Shaw
Oct. 27, 2013
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
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.
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