LARGO — The State Attorney's Office has found Pinellas sheriff's deputies acted justifiably when they shot and killed a 54-year-old man in January.
On Jan. 30, Edward Allen Sliger died in a barrage of 22 bullets fired by three Pinellas deputies in the 10800 block of Walsingham Road.
Sliger of 11564 116th St. N in Largo had rammed two vehicles, including a sheriff's cruiser, and appeared to be preparing to ram others. Cpl. Scott Matthews and Deputies Scott Reid and William Hartigan fired at his 2006 Dodge Ram.
In a letter to Sheriff Jim Coats released Wednesday, State Attorney Bernie McCabe wrote that the deputies feared for their lives and for the life of another motorist when they began firing.
Sliger was shot four times. A bullet to the head killed him.
No deputies were injured.
Deputies began pursuing Sliger that evening after he caused property damage at the Dog House Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg. His wife and son tried to stop him, but he rammed their vehicle and told his wife: "I'm in so much pain I want to die," deputies said.
His wife told deputies he had run out of his pain medication.
The medical examiner said Sliger had a blood alcohol level of 0.112 percent. The law presumes impairment for driving at 0.08 percent.
He had the pain medications oxycodone and Tramadol in his blood, as well as the antianxiety drug Xanax.