TARPON SPRINGS, FL — The fatal Saturday afternoon shooting of a man by a Tarpon Springs Police officer is under investigation by local and state authorities.
According to the Tarpon Springs Police Department, one of its officers was working an off-duty car show in the downtown area around 1:32 p.m. May 6. The officer, an email from the agency said, was approached by attendees who said a suspicious white male was riding a bicycle “wearing an orange jacket with the hood pulled over his head,” the email noted.
The bicyclist was reportedly in the area of Tarpon and Safford avenues at the time. The officer made contact with the bicyclist and called out over the radio the name and date of birth the man had given him. Police say nothing came back on the name the man provided, leading to the officer to advise “that he gave him a fake name.” The bicyclist then gave the officer another name, which the officer relayed over the radio, the email said.
“Then there was silence, and then the officer came over the radio stating ‘shots fired,’ ‘shots fired,’ ‘shots fired,’” the email said. The officer than said, “he came at me with a knife,’” the agency added.