CLEARWATER — With his mother and sister hiding in a bedroom with him, 20-year-old Garion Mello pulled the trigger of a shotgun Thursday, killing his brother out of fear for his own safety, authorities said.
The shooting took place around noon at the home of the men's parents at 416 N Lincoln Ave.
The deceased brother — Lamar Mello, 22 — who did not live at the house, forced his way in moments before the shooting, said Clearwater Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.
"He busted his way through the front door. Three people inside retreated to a bedroom. When he tried to bust through the bedroom door, the resident shot him," Watts said.
Lamar Mello had a pocketknife on him, she said.
The shooting was foreshadowed by a call to police from the house the night before.
According to police records, Clearwater officers responded to the residence Wednesday evening because of a "credible threat toward family."
Watts said the deceased Mello had a history of mental instability and episodes of violence.
The mother and sister of Mello, who were present at the time of the shooting, are not being identified by police because of their status as witnesses.
More than a dozen police vehicles were at the scene around 12:30 p.m., with several neighbors gathered outside the prim green bungalow-style home to watch the commotion.
Neighbors said they saw a man on a stretcher being put into an ambulance outside the home shortly after the shooting.
The wounded man was taken by ambulance to the nearby Clearwater Country Club golf course where a helicopter was waiting to transport him to the hospital.
He later died from his injuries.
Staff writer Rita Farlow contributed to this report. Dominick Tao can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 580-2951.