Clearwater, Florida - A city police officer was justified when he fatally shot a man last Oct 26th, the department's deadly force review board has ruled.
The board decided unanimously that Officer Brian Rogers, a 22-year veteran of the department, acted lawfully when he shot David DiRoma, 69, outside his house. DiRoma was armed with a gun and confronted Rogers, refusing several demands to drop his weapon and advancing towards him. Rogers said he fired in fear for the safety of himself and others.
The Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office also cleared Rogers in a report issued November 20th.
Police were called to DiRoma's residents at 3018 Merrill Avenue by a friend who was concerned about his well-being. The friend said DiRoma had been drinking and had a gun on the kitchen counter while talking about problems with his business and his wife's health.
Rogers, who has been on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, returned to regular patrol duties Wednesday, the police department said.