Clearwater, Florida - A Clearwater police officer allegedly shot a man on Saturday, Oct. 26 after that man expressed suicidal thoughts to a friend earlier in the day.
Police were called to 3018 Merrill Avenue. at 4:21 p.m. after the man's friend became concerned. The man, possibly in his 60s, reportedly told his friend 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, they tried talking to the man via his house phone and cell phone. They also used a loudspeaker on a police cruiser outside the home, but the man reportedly ignored them.
Authorities say the man then came out of the house armed with a gun. He refused police commands to drop the weapon. Fearing for their safety, one of the officers fired a single shot.
The man was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a 6:30 p.m.
The officer, a 12-year veteran, was not injured. He was placed on paid administrative leave.