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Clearwater police officers cleared in shooting death of Michael Gaides

CLEARWATER — The state attorney's office has cleared police officers Scott Durivou and Eliad Glenn in a March 2 shooting, detailing the drama of night that ended with a scuffle, bullets and a man dead.

At 10:48 on the night of the shooting, Durivou and Glenn were sent to a "domestic situation" at the Lexington Club at Renaissance Square at 1200 S Missouri St. Forty-six minutes later, Michael Gaides, a caretaker for another resident, was pronounced dead after being shot by officers. The officers said Gaides, 52, fired on them first.

In a report sent to the Clearwater Police Department and released Friday, State Attorney Bernie McCabe concluded that Durivou and Glenn's actions were justified.

The report details a dramatic series of events.

In it, the state attorney's office said Gaides was drinking earlier in the night and then choked another resident, a 71-year-old woman. By the time police arrived, Gaides had locked himself in the bedroom of the first-floor unit he shared with another man. Before entering the room, Durivou heard Gaides say, "I don't want to live. I'm not opening the door," the report said.

When Durivou and Glenn entered, Gaides fired shots at them after being warned to show his hands. According to the report, Durivou shot back, then struggled with Gaides while grabbing for Gaides' gun.

After the men fell to the floor, Durivou commanded Glenn to "shoot him," the report said. Glenn, fearing for Durivou's life, fired "five or six" shots, striking Gaides, who was pronounced dead at 11:34.

Stephen Fleisig, Gaides' roommate, told authorities Gaides had been depressed and that it was "suicide by police," the report said.

Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kniebuhr@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4156.

Clearwater police officers cleared in shooting death of Michael Gaides 03/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 20, 2009 8:27pm]
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