ZEPHYRHILLS — Authorities have released the name of the man who crashed his car Monday morning and then killed himself after a standoff with deputies.
Bradley S. Burgett, 52, was driving a car without a front tire about 8:45 a.m. when he crashed into a tree near Chancy and Morris Bridge roads, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies believe Burgett had been drinking.
Burgett grabbed a sawed-off shotgun from his car before running into the woods, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
The deputies pulled their guns and kept telling Burgett to drop his weapon. They followed him in the woods, where Burgett killed himself with the shotgun, Doll said.
Burgett lived at 3420 Apfel Road in Zephyrhills. He got out of prison on Jan. 30, 2009, after serving one year, one month and 18 days for carrying a concealed firearm and being a felon in possession of a weapon, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
He was supposed to be in court at 9 a.m. Monday for an arraignment on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license with knowledge, according to court records.