Sunday, May 20, 2018
Public safety

911 tape released from Holiday chiropractic office shooting

HOLIDAY — Lenny Linardos' first call to emergency dispatchers came at 10:38 a.m. His voice sounded stressed. He had just received a threatening call to his chiropractic clinic, Linardos told the operator. He knew who it was from.

A week after the shooting at West Coast Spine and Injury Center, 1817 U.S. 19, the Pasco Sheriff's Office released 911 tapes related to the shooting. No arrests have been made.

Investigators have said that Linardos acted in self defense when he shot Jaime Velez, 33, who walked into the clinic wearing rubber gloves and a pistol in his waistband. Sheriff's officials say they don't plan to charge Linardos with a crime.

Velez remains in critical but stable condition at a local hospital after being shot in the leg, back and groin.

The second call came from the clinic 22 minutes later. This time, screams and whimpers could be heard in the background. An unidentified man's voice told the operator that a man broke into the clinic with a gun. The chiropractor shot the man down, the caller said.

"Where is the suspect now?" the operator asked.

"On the ground," the caller replied.

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