HUDSON — A Pasco County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Sunday after the man pointed a gun at him and ignored commands to drop the weapon, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said.
The deputy was responding to 6921 Southwind Drive in Hudson after a report by neighbors that shots had hit their house. The deputy found a girlfriend and boyfriend struggling over a shotgun in the front yard, the Sheriff's Office said.
The deputy ordered them to drop the weapon,. That's when the man pulled the handgun from his waistband, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. The deputy shot the man multiple times.
The identity of the man will be released upon notification of next of kin.
The Sheriff's Office said it was not releasing the name of the deputy. He will be placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation.
Ann Woodcook, a neighbor who lives less than 50 yards from the shooting, said she was just sitting down to dinner when she heard rapid popping sounds.
She said she initially thought it was fireworks.
"I said, 'They've got the wrong holiday here,' " she said.
Woodcook said she didn't know the names of the people who lived at the house where the shooting took place. But she said she had heard the couple arguing in the past.
"They're very friendly neighbors," she said. "They would wave and say 'hi' and 'How're you doing?' But they were quiet and kept to themselves."
Woodcook said the neighborhood is usually tranquil and untroubled.
"This really shook me up pretty bad," she said. "It's Christmas night. I would never expect that."
Times staff writer Patty Ryan contributed to this report.