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Man's death after shootout with Pasco deputies found to be self-inflicted


Fatal gunshot found to be self-inflicted

The man who died earlier this month after exchanging gunfire with Pasco deputies was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner has determined. Deputies went to question Christos P. Marangos on the evening of Aug. 6 about a rash of burglaries when he opened fire on them, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The deputies returned fire, and Marangos retreated into another room of the mobile home at 5702 Columbia Drive in Sunshine Park. After the SWAT unit arrived, Marangos, 30, was found dead in the other room. Authorities originally thought he was killed by a deputy's bullet, but the autopsy concluded he took his own life. Marangos' previous convictions included burglary, carjacking with a deadly weapon and cocaine trafficking. Neighbors said drug users were coming and going from the mobile home where Marangos had been squatting. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Sheriff's Office are still investigating the incident.


Woman reported missing from ALF

Pasco Sheriff's deputies are searching for a woman who walked away Tuesday from the Gulf Haven assisted living facility at 6343 Rowan Road. Gloria "Regina" Franzese, 58, has lived at the facility for about a month. She takes several medications that she does not have with her, and she may become delusional, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. She is described as 5-feet-6, 200 pounds, with short gray, curly hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, denim shorts and black shoes. Anyone who may have seen her is asked to contact law enforcement immediately.


Legislators to host job fair in October

State Rep. Richard Corcoran and Sen. Mike Fasano will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the gymnasium at J.W. Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road. The event is expected to have many area businesses, colleges, and job placement agencies in attendance to help the people of Pasco County find jobs. "We need to do everything within our power, and utilize all resources at our disposal to help our Pasco citizens find jobs," said Corcoran, noting Pasco had an unemployment rate above 13 percent in 2010. Any businesses interested in attending this job fair should contact Jared M. Ochs at (727) 816-1580, or via e-mail at to reserve a booth.

Man's death after shootout with Pasco deputies found to be self-inflicted 08/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:26pm]
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