Man shot by Largo police officer dies: MERGED
Idiot with Replica 1911 style BB gun.
Man shot by Largo police officer dies - Bay News 9
PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- A man who was shot by a Largo police officer died Friday afternoon.
According to the Largo Police Department, officers responded at 4:20 a.m. Friday to a 911 call about a man with a weapon.
Neighbors said the incident started on 14th Avenue SW in Largo, when 41-year-old Vincent Esposito was shooting a car window of 40-year-old Renee Salazar. They said that another neighbor saw the suspect, chased him and called the police.
Officials said Sgt. Frank Parr confronted Esposito, who allegedly didn't drop his gun. They said that Sgt. Parr then shot Esposito in the chest.
Esposito later died from his injuries.
Authorities later said the gun Esposito had was a BB gun was a replica of a 1911 .45-caliber hand gun.
Salazar said the incident was the culmination of several months of harassment by Esposito, who she said slashed her tires and shot at her house and car windows. She said she reported it to the police, but she didn't know who it was until Friday morning.
Salazar said her friend dated Esposito month ago, but they broke up and he blamed Salazar for it.
"[Her friend] told me she didn't need someone that was controlling, and that's what he was and she wanted out and he couldn't handle it," she said.
Sgt. Parr has been placed on routine administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
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Published: October 4, 2008
LARGO - A Largo police officer shot and killed a man Friday who was armed with a pellet gun fashioned to look like a .45-caliber handgun, police said.
The man has been identified as Vincent J. Esposito, 41, of Oldsmar.
At about 4:20 a.m., someone called police saying a man was shooting at a neighbor's house in the 800 block of 14th Avenue Southwest, Lt. Mike Loux said.
As officers rushed to the scene, the shooter ran away but was found by Sgt. Frank Parr at 1203 Ridge Road S.W., Loux said. There was a confrontation between the two, and Parr shot Esposito, Loux said.
Esposito was taken to an area hospital, where he died, Loux said.
A more detailed chronology of events was not supplied by police.
Parr was not injured. The 12-year police veteran was the midnight shift patrol supervisor.
He is on routine, paid administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation.